Ballack unlikely to extend contract at Leverkusen

Updated: 17 November 2011 22:24 IST

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack expects this to be his last season with Bayer Leverkusen, although he's not yet thinking of retirement.

Leverkusen:

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack expects this to be his last season with Bayer Leverkusen, although he's not yet thinking of retirement.

"I have little thought of wanting to extend my contract. At the moment, I presume this is my last season with Leverkusen," Ballack told Sky television on Thursday.

Ballack, whose Leverkusen contract expires in the offseason, described the club as a "sort of land of milk and honey for the players. It's great for everyone to play here, but you have to know that you have to deliver and win."

He added: "This thinking has to change back quickly here. Otherwise we won't improve and we'll become stuck in eighth or ninth place."

The 35-year-old Ballack said he hopes to continue playing at a high level for one or two more years.

"I'll see where that will be," he said.

Ballack accepted his omission from the Germany team after missing the 2010 World Cup through injury but acknowledged it was a difficult time for him.

"What struck me most was that I was denied this level of football and that I couldn't influence today's game," Ballack said. "I had to learn to accept that, that it would be so openly discussed."

Topics : Football Bayer Leverkusen Shinji Okazaki Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munchen
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