Bayer Leverkusen want to bring Michael Ballack back home

11 June 2010 10:20
Ballack played for Leverkusen between 1999 and 2002 and was part of the side which reached the Champions League final in 2002, where they were beaten by Real Madrid. [LNB]However, although the Bundesliga club would be interested in bringing Ballack back, they are also realistic about their chances of pulling off what would be a major transfer coup. [LNB] Related ArticlesWenger talks glowingly of Cole and FabregasReal chief rules out moves for Messi and RooneyGlazers in £1.1 billion of debtRed Knights vow to fight onVidic plans World Cup swansongVidic yet to decide on Man Utd future"I don't want to make it a secret - when a player like Michael Ballack with his history with us, is on the market, then we think about him," said Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voller. [LNB]"Michael had a great time here and we have remained in contact over the years. [LNB]"We are relaxed about it all, but Michael Ballack is an issue we are dealing with, particularly since he would like to return to Germany." [LNB]Ballack's wages could be the stumbling block to a return to the Bundesliga since only his former employers Bayern Munich can realistically afford the salary he was on at Chelsea. [LNB]But Leverkusen hope Ballack would be willing to compromise. [LNB]"Normally a player like Michael is out of reach for us," admitted Voller in the Express newspaper. [LNB]"A transfer would only be possible if the player accepted a pay cut." [LNB]Schalke and Wolfsburg have also been linked with the 33-year-old Germany captain, who misses the World Cup this summer due to an ankle injury. [LNB]

Source: Telegraph