Talks with Chelsea are 'serious', says Ballack

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The Germany captain, Michael Ballack, believes this summer will be his "last chance to play abroad" after revealing that he is in talks with Chelsea.

The 29-year-old midfielder will leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires in the summer. He has rejected the club's offer of a new contract and has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. After confirming he is in "serious negotiations" with Chelsea, he said: "I have always wanted to play abroad. At 29, this is my last chance.

"I am in serious negotiations. Nothing is signed as yet but I know what I want."

Ballack said he had spoken to the Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. Ballack added: "We've talked. You can assume that I had a good feeling during that conversation."

The Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon, said last night: "He is an outstanding player. We are in good negotiations [and] I am delighted where we are."