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Chelsea talks ongoing, admits Bayern's Ballack

German captain said that he was negotiating with Chelsea and was desperate for a move to Stamford Bridge.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 09:15 IST

German international captain Michael Ballack confirmed on Thursday that he was negotiating with English champions Chelsea and was desperate for a move to Stamford Bridge.

Until now Ballack's agent Michael Becker has been the only one to reveal details about the ongoing talks with Chelsea and this is the first time Ballack himself has admitted a deal is close to being finalised.

"There have been serious talks. Nothing has been signed yet but I know what I want," Ballack said at a book presentation in Munich.

"I always wanted to play abroad at some stage. This is the last chance for me to do this."

The 29-year-old Ballack turned down a four-year contract with Bayern Munich and is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho openly expressed his interest in Ballack and the club, bankrolled by billionaire Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich, are reportedly prepared to make him the world's highest-paid player with a weekly salary of £121,000 pounds.

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness this week hit out at the German star for only being interested in making more money at Chelsea and Ballack was recently jeered by his own fans in a league match.

Ballack has insisted he is not just motivated by money claiming his desire to experience a different culture before hanging up his boots was the most important thing.

He turned down Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2002 to join Bayern from Bayer Leverkusen.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 21:18 IST