Juventus have denied reports claiming they are interested in signing Bayern Munich playmaker Michael Ballack.

Reports in Italy and Germany have suggested Juventus have joined the pursuit of the German international.

Ballack is expected to leave Bayern next summer after failing to sign a new deal with the German champions.

Real Madrid, Manchester United and Internazionale have all been linked with Ballack, but Juve insist they have no interest in the former Bayer Leverkusen man.

“It’s an invention. We are already strong and we have nothing to improve,” said Juve general manager Luciano Moggi.

“We are already competitive in this way.”

Moggi also responded to claims from Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that Juve dealt with their transfer dealings like the ‘mafia’.

Rummenigge was referring to Juventus’ long term pursuit of Bayern defender Willy Sagnol, who is expected to move to Turin on a free transfer next summer.

“He lost an occasion to shut up. Rummenigge is wrong in being worried,” added Moggi.

“Everyone has his policy. In attacking us, he undirectly attacked the way he works because if a player who will be a free agent wants to leave, it means the club did their job in a bad way.”

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