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Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  
   
Sports


Ballack's mind on Chelsea


Germany captain Michael Ballack has "no doubts" that he will move to Chelsea after finishing his fourth season at Bayern Munich on Saturday.

"I think my decision should be accepted and I shouldn't be kicked around anymore about it," Ballack, 29, said in an interview with Premiere, Germany's pay-TV network. "That has actually been annoying me."

Ballack has been jeered by Bayern fans in recent weeks. He declined to sign a contract extension with the champions that would have made him the best-paid Bundesliga player ever.

"I'm glad that Bayern are angry if I go," he said. "That shows I did a good job and that I'm an important player. That is also reflected in the offer that they made to keep me."

Playmaker Ballack is expected to announce his move to English champions Chelsea after Bayern's last match on Saturday against Borussia Dortmund. He has long wanted to play abroad and recalled how Bayern commercial manager Uli Hoeness lured him to Munich four years ago from Bayer Leverkusen.

"It's simply the chance now to do what I've always wanted to do," he said. "I can remember when Uli Hoeness said 'Come here, we're a top club. When you're 29 you can go abroad'.

"That time has come now," Ballack said.

Asked if there were any lingering doubts about whether he would move to Chelsea, Ballack said: "No, no doubts." He added: "Nothing has been signed yet."