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Low backs Ballack to recover

09 Jun 2010 - 15:44:55

Germany national team head coach Joachim Low has backed Michael Ballack to play on at the highest level for another two or three years, after the midfielder was released by Chelsea.

The 33-year-old has not been offered a new contract by the Blues and will leave Stamford Bridge after scoring 25 goals in 167 appearances in a four-year stay.

Ballack will miss the upcoming World Cup finals due to an ankle injury, but has joined the rest of the squad at a training base in Italy.

From there, Low commented: "I am certain that Ballack will play two or three more years at the top level, so he will certainly not be thinking of ending his career.

"He has lots of opportunities and he told me this in Sicily. He even has some concrete offers from different clubs in different leagues.

"I think when you see what condition he was in recent months for Chelsea, then it is clear he will play at the highest level for two to three more years."


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