Loew talks with Ballack

BY foxsports • May 27, 2011

Coach Joachim Loew has talked with Michael Ballack about the former captain's Germany future and said the result of their discussions will be revealed when the time is right.

Loew said Friday there will be another meeting between the two to make a final decision regarding next year's European Championship.

''We talked about everything at the end of March. I will reveal everything else when the time is right, in agreement with Michael Ballack,'' Loew said. ''We discussed things quite openly, in several talks, and I told Michael that I have faith in this squad, in these players, because we have been very successful in the qualifications.''

He added that ''we decided not to go public and when there is something to announce - and there will be - we will do it without delay.''

Loew said there would be another meeting to ''make a final decision on how to go about next year's European Championship.''

Ballack, who has 98 caps, has not played for Germany in more than a year and missed seven months with an ankle injury, including last year's World Cup in South Africa, when Germany finished third. He turns 35 in September.

After leaving Chelsea when his contract was not renewed, Ballack struggled to find his form after the injury at Bayer Leverkusen but had several strong games at the end of the season.

Loew left him out of the squad for the upcoming friendly against Uruguay and Euro 2012 qualifiers in Austria and Azerbaijan even though several players are injured.

 


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