Chelsea veteran Michael Ballack has hinted at a possible exit from Stamford Bridge this summer if his contract talks fail. The 33-year-old's contract will end this summer and he has reportedly asked Chelsea to sort out a new contract before the World Cup commences.
Blues' chairman Ron Gourlay has announced that contract talks with players will be started only after the season ends. Roman Abramovich, the owner of the London based club, has reportedly stalled all contract talks 'till the end of the season.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has explained that such a policy has been undertaken to maintain the players' focus during the season.
Although Ballack has supported the club's and owner's decision of stalling contract talks 'till season's end, he has admitted his worries of a new contract being made soon.
Chelsea embarks on its final trip to Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final against Portsmouth and will be looking to finish off its impressive season with an unprecedented Premier League and FA Cup double.
The contract negotiations will likely resume soon after the Wembley showdown. The West London outfit has made clear its intentions of becoming self-sufficient within the next couple of years. The club has expressed its desire in cutting down expenses, and players will likely be asked to accept new contracts at reduced wages.
The summer will see many of Chelsea's aging players leave Stamford Bridge as the club prepares to revamp its aging team with youngsters. The likes of Ferreira, Belletti and Deco are likely to play their last matches at Wembley on Saturday.
Michael Ballack is due to join the German national team after the season ends, as he will start preparations for the World Cup which is within a month's time. With his contract ending at the end of summer, the German National Team captain has expressed his desire to seal a new contract before the start of the World Cup.
With Chelsea looking to bring in a host of new players as well as giving more playing time to their youngsters, it seems that the German's days at Stamford Bridge are numbered.
Michael Ballack, who has made 177 appearances for the Premier League champions has admitted that time is running out as his contract nears its end. It is presumed that Chelsea will offer him reduced wages nearly half of his current wages of £1.2k per week. It may be a take-it or leave-it contract. Chelsea will be looking to keep him as a impact player but if he agrees to less playing time as well as the reduced wages.
German club Schalke has expressed its intentions on signing him on a free transfer this summer. With Real Madrid also rumoured to be interested in the thrice German Footballer of the Year, the summer may very well spell the end of Ballack's time at Stamford Bridge.
It seems that a decision will be made within this month regarding Ballack's future. Ballack too will be looking to bow out in style with a double swoop for the Blues.
Whether or not Ballack will play at Stamford Bridge next season will be decided only after Saturday's showdown at Wembley.