Matthaus: Blues Could Sell Ballack
Michael Ballack is no more than a peripheral player at Chelsea, according to Lothar Matthaus. The Germany captain moved to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from Bayern Munich in 2006, but has struggled to replicate the form he showed in the Bundesliga for the Blues. And Matthaus, who won 150 caps in a 20-year international career for Germany, believes Ballack could soon be discarded by Chelsea. "At Chelsea Ballack is just present rather than right in the thick of things. He is a nominal player at the big London club - that is not an insult," Matthaus wrote in Sport Bild. "The squad is packed with top stars. To establish yourself as a leading player there is hard. Ballack has not managed it. "He is always in the first team. The question is only: For how much longer?"
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