Former Stamford Bridge ace could move back to West London with Loftus Road signing.
Bayer Leverkusen have invited their veteran midfielder Michael Ballack to ask for an early mutual termination of his contract, with a host of likely interested clubs.
The former Germany captain spent four years at Chelsea between 2006 and 2010, but it is a switch to their West London rivals Queens Park Rangers that could be on the cards.
In an interview with German newspaper Focus, Leverkusen CEO Wolfgang Holzhauser claimed, “Project Ballack has failed.”
“His contract runs until 30th June, but if he wants to get out early, he can certainly talk to us.”
In January, Ballack was regularly linked with QPR, but they are likely to have competition from various Major League Soccer teams, with Ballack certainly not averse to a move to the United States.
The 35 year-old even went so far as to admit he could join Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on the east coast.
“It is too early to talk about a change in the MLS,” said an initially coy Ballack. “But yes, there is a possibility that I go to the New York Red Bulls.”
It is true that Ballack has not set the Bundesliga alight since returning to Bayer Leverkusen, but perhaps expectations were rather too high.
After all, he was the inspirational leader of one of the club’s brightest periods – with the team interestingly becoming known as the Almost Champions.
They were runners up in the Bundesliga four times in five years, UEFA Champions League final, and German Cup final, with Ballack also captaining the team as far as the World Cup final in 2002 (for which he was suspended).
Ballack is still capable of a job at the highest level, with his performance for Leverkusen against Chelsea earlier in this season’s Champions League group stage a clear demonstration.
Perhaps his experience in midfield could be of great value to QPR boss Mark Hughes.