Former Blues star not a happy bunny.
Michael Ballack has reacted angrily to Germany coach Joachim Low’s offer to end his international career with a friendly against Brazil in August.
The idea has been proposed with Low saying he does not plan to pick the 34-year-old former captain anymore, with more focus on youth ahead of Euro 2012.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Ballack said: “To call a friendly match that was arranged long ago a farewell match is a farce.
“I know I owe my fans this match but I cannot accept the offer.”
Ballack has not played for his country since March 2010 after suffering an ankle injury that ruled him out of last summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa, where Germany finished third.
Ballack has since returned from the injury to play for Leverkusen, although Low has not recalled him.
In a statement, Ballack added: “I found out yesterday [Thursday], while on holiday, through an announcement that the national coach does not plan with me [in the squad] any more.
“The style and content of the statement [by Low] are unfortunately exactly like the way he [has] treated me since my serious injury last summer.” (BBC Sport)
Ouch. Michael Ballack is not a happy man and one can understand where he is coming from. That said, surely a match against Brazil would be a big enough stage to bow out on? Does the former Chelsea man want Germany to factor in another meaningless international friendly just to suit his needs? Clearly the DfB (German football association) may have worded things more clearly and just said to the 34 year old “Clearly we were always going to play Brazil, but let’s make it a party in your honour!”
Also, should there really be international friendly’s to mark a player’s retirement from the national stage?