“Today, I can say maybe it was wrong. I should have stayed, even for that one year, Ballack admits leaving Chelsea was a wrong decision he took
Michael Ballack admits leaving Chelsea was the greatest mistake of his career. The former German international left Chelsea in 2010 after failing to accept a one more year contract extension with the blues.
Ballack wanted a two-year contract but Chelsea’s policy only allowed players over the age of 30 to sign one-year extensions.
When the contract talks failed, Ballack decided to return to Bayer Leverkusen for the final two years of his career.
While speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, Ballack said then then coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted him to stay but couldn’t meet the clubs’ decisions.
‘Carlo want me [to stay] but the club made a decision to only give players of that age a one-year contract. I wanted two, says Ballack.
‘Today, I can say maybe it was wrong. I should have stayed, even for that one year.
‘I could never imagine that I would go back to [Bayer] Leverkusen. Until the last day, I actually thought we would find a way at Chelsea. I was really hoping I could stay until the end.’
During his four year spell at Chelsea, Ballack won the Premier League, two FA Cups, the League Cup and the Community Shield.
He was also part of the Chelsea side which finished as runners-up in the Champions League to Manchester United in 2008.