Ballack told to retire from international football

German Football
By German Football June 4, 2010 00:50

Ballack told to retire from international football

Ballack holidaying in Miami while recovering from an ankle injury.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has advised Michael Ballack to put aside his desire to return to the international fold after the World Cup and instead concentrate on salvaging his club career.

The German midfielder is currently on holiday in Miami recovering from an akle injury which ruled him out of this summer’s tournament in South Africa.

Ballack picked up the injury during Chelsea’s FA Cup final victory and it could yet prove to be his final game for the Stamford Bridge club. His contract is set to end before the start of the new campaign and it is far from certain whether he will be offered a new contract.

Ballack has not had the impact at Chelsea that the club had hoped for when they brought him in as their highest paid player.

Hoeness believes the injury is a sign the player should bring his international career to an end at the age of 33.

‘As a friend, I would recommend Michael to concentrate solely on his club after the World Cup,’ he said. ‘I don’t think it would be clever to set the European Championships in 2012 as a goal.

‘Even if it is bitter, you have got to be able to realise when the time has come to say enough is enough.’

Philipp Lahm will lead Germany out in South Africa after inheriting Ballack’s captain’s armband.

German Football
By German Football June 4, 2010 00:50
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  1. Ahmed Tarek June 4, 09:07

    i think its enough for ballack as the german team is so satisfied in the midfield,they wouldnot need his needs anymore.

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