Ballack relaxed about Chelsea future

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Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack remains relaxed about his contract situation and admits he is not alone in wondering if he will still be at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Germany international, who will skipper his country at the World Cup finals in South Africa, is out of contract this summer, as is team-mate Joe Cole.

Nicolas Anelka and Deco have deals which expire in June 2011 but Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly put all talks over new deals on hold.

Ballack insists he is not overly concerned amid talk of a move to Inter Milan and a reunion with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

"I am very relaxed about the situation," he told German newspaper Bild. "It also affects other players."

"I want to play at the very highest level of football for the next two years."

As a free agent, Ballack would be an attractive option for Inter and any other top European club, even at the age of 33.