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Thu Apr 17 14:56:35 SAST 2014

Ballack will probably leave Leverkusen at the end of the season

Sapa-dpa | 08 January, 2012 11:320 Comments
Michael Ballack of Bayer 04 Leverkusen reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Valencia CF and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Estadio Mestalla on November 1, 2011 in Valencia, Spain
Image by: Queimadelos Alonso / Getty Images

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack thinks he will leave Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the season, he said in an interview published Saturday.

On Friday Leverkusen official Wolfgang Holzhaeuser said that it seemed unlikely that Ballack’s contract would be extended.

“It looks like it. I have taken a decision that I want to try something else. Sportingly it has to be at a reasonable level, but it has to develop me personally,” Ballack said.

He added that he had not yet taken any concrete decisions — also not about what he will be doing once he finishes his career. “I do not even know if I will stay in the football.

“Nobody knows what it is like when you end. It will be different, there will be less public interest. It is not easy to move over into that sphere.” 

The 35-year-old said that he believes Germany could qualify for the final of Euro later this year. “The quality of the national team has not been as good as it is now for a long, long time.

“The team will become even better and I am confident that they will win a title in the next two, three tournaments.” 

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