Michael Ballack urges Eden Hazard to push through Real Madrid move

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes Eden Hazard should be more assertive with his desire to leave the Blues at the end of the season. The Belgium international has regularly flirted with the idea of joining Real Madrid over the past 12 months and the speculation has intensified of late with the attacker reluctant to pen a new contract.

In a report covered by Bild, Ballack highlighted that Hazard has been a bit too calm with regards to his future and he would prefer the Belgian asserting his demands on the west London side, he said: “In my opinion he is a little bit too calm, especially at Chelsea. There should be more demanding and expressing of his wishes. He can do that because he is in an outstanding position. “If he wants to win more titles with Chelsea, something has to happen otherwise Eden Hazard will think about looking for another opportunity.”
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Didier Drogba has said he would tow the path of Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and co in his post retirement considerations. The Chelsea legend wants to follow the path of other Blues’ legends in remaining close to football as much as possible after recently retiring from active football.

The former Ivory Coast skipper enjoyed an illustrious two decade long career. He is well celebrated in England for his achievements whilst at Chelsea. Drogba has won four Premier League titles, the famous Champions League title, four FA Cups, and three League Cups.

Frank Lampard remains within football circles and recently launched his managerial career with Derby County in the Championship. The highly revered German Michael Ballack is a top pundit.

Drogba has stated that he would remain within the football community, speaking up on key issues while pursuing managerial interest. He said his huge experience working with different managers with different styles, and playing with all sorts of players would help him on the path. He believes he could do well in the role, like some other former players have done.

Drogba played in Africa, France, the UK, Turkey and America for 20 years, winning titles and scoring goals. He believes he can replicate this successes in his managerial movement.

Michael Ballackurges Chelsea to meet Eden Hazard’s ambitions to keep him

Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack has urged the Blues’ hierarchy to meet the ambitions of Eden Hazard in order to keep him at Stamford Bridge for the long term. The Belgium international currently has just 18 months remaining on his existing deal with the Blues and this has recently intensified the speculation of him parting ways with the west London side.

Speaking to Goal.com, Ballack highlighted that the Blues must meet the attacker’s demands both on the financial and success scale, if they are to keep him at the Bridge on a long-term basis, he said: “You have to pay him a lot of money! But more importantly, you have to give him a vision. You have to tell him how important he is, ask him what he wants from the club and to give him a little bit more responsibility.

“You need to find out what he wants as well, ask him if he’s happy. Of course, you want to win something and be as successful as possible as an individual player. It is normal to look around and think, ‘With what club can I achieve that with?’ Chelsea is an ambitious club and it will always be possible that a coach and the players are competitive at the highest level.”

Hazard had admitted that he could pursue afresh challenge away from Chelsea shortly after the summer World Cup but he thereafter had a change of thought after being convinced by manager Maurizio Sarri to stay put. Nonetheless, he has repeatedly suggested that he could leave the Blues while also not ruling out the prospect of extending his contract.

Hazard recently made the comeback from a minor knee problem during the 2-0 win over Fulham where he contributed an assist. The victory has helped the Blues jump into the third spot in the Premier League standings after Tottenham Hotspur succumbed to a derby defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

Michael Ballack fancies Mesut Ozil to star for Arsenal in Europe

German legend Michael Ballack believes his compatriot Mesut Ozil could emerge as the leading performer for Arsenal in the Europa League, should he remain motivated while playing the competition. The midfielder was only required during the knockout phase of the tournament last time around but under Unai Emery, he has been involved in the matchday squad from the group stage itself.

Speaking to CNN, Ballack hailed the qualities of Ozil and feels the midfielder could star for the Gunners in Europe, provided he has the desire to perform, he said: “It’s also a player who played on the highest level with Germany but also the Champions League. These kinds of players are playing just Europa League? It’s a question of how much they really want to perform there.”
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Bayern Munich coach unperturbed by Arturo Vidal’s departure

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has stressed that the team are not overly concerned by the recent departure of Arturo Vidal. The Chile international made the surprise switch to Barcelona earlier in the month and there has since been the talk of Bayern pursuing a suitable replacement in the transfer market.

However, speaking to Bild, Kovac appeared to refute those claims and suggested that the club have sufficient quality within their midfield despite the departure of the Chilean, he said: “At Bayern, we have 22 world-class players — 21 after Arturo’s departure. He’s a great player. But if, as a South American, you get an offer from a Spanish club, it’s normal you consider it.We decided that we would enable him to make the switch. But also, after Arturo’s transfer, we still have a lot of quality in midfield. No one needs to worry.”
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Michael Ballack On Germany’s World Cup Performance

Michael Ballack has been an active figure in providing insights about the different team performances as well as predicting probable wins and losses in the recently concluded World Cup. As he had been a former captain of Germany, he questioned the decision of the current team when they handed a new contract to the head coach Joachim Low before the World Cup began.

South Korea defeated the reigning champions, which came as a shock; it also led to Germany exiting early from the finals. They finished bottom in the Group F games and their performances in three matches were below par. This is the second time that Germany had lost in the first round, the previous instance being in 1938. Ballack had been a glittering performer of the team and had collected 98 caps during his stint with the team. He admitted that he was surprised with the way Germany played against Russia. Ballack had given a total of 42 goals during the time that he played for Germany. He stated that the critical voices were being noticed more now since Germany football is in ruins. If a team that has been a legend in football can fall so below the ranks, he was surprised that the head coach had his contract extended at the same time.
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Leroy Sane Picks Up PFA Young Player Of The Year Award

Germany international Leroy Sane has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year following his efforts for Manchester City over the course of the 2017/18 season. The left-sided winger has contributed nine goals and a further 12 assists for the Citizens, who claimed the Premier League crown earlier in the month.

Sane could not attend the awards ceremony due to his commitments with Manchester City, but he left a message via video link saying: “I am really honoured to win this award. I have to say also, thank you to all the fans, to my team-mates, to the coaches, to Man City.And also congratulations to all the players who were voted with me to this award because they deserved to win this trophy too because they played a really good season for their clubs.” Continue reading “Leroy Sane Picks Up PFA Young Player Of The Year Award”

Ballack: Huge Difference

German legend Michael Ballack has suggested that there is a distinct difference between the competition in the Premier League and Bundesliga. The 41-year-old is worried about the sole domination of Bayern Munich in the German top-flight unlike in England where a single team has not managed to sustain a lengthy period at the top.

Speaking to Kicker, he said: “If I watch the Bundesliga, I’m interested in Bayern. Behind them the level is manageable. [The Premier League is] the measure of all things. I just see a big difference in quality, but I saw that years ago. A few years ago we thought other clubs like Dortmund could at least close the gap, but it seems they are further apart.” Continue reading “Ballack: Huge Difference”

Ballack insists England have a missing link

Former England international Michael Ballack believes England will continuing struggling at the World Cup unless they find themselves a player in the mould of Paul Scholes. The Three Lions have lacked the presence of a midfielder with flawless vision at the heart of the midfield, and Ballack insists that this is keeping them behind the likes of Germany.

“They lack a strategist. They are missing a ¬midfielder in the mould of Paul Scholes, who can dictate the flow and tempo of a game. This is where the English team are missing some class to take them to the next level. Manchester City are top of the Premier League, in large part due to the match-¬winning exploits of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. These are the type of ¬players England needs –matching -technical ability with flawless vision.” Ballack said. Continue reading “Ballack insists England have a missing link”

Michael Ballack Says Ousmane Dembele Should Have Respected Borussia Dortmund

Michael Ballack believes that former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele should have shown his former club a lot of respect before making the switch to Barcelona.

The Frenchman became the second most expensive player in the world after making the £ 135 million switch to Barcelona. Incredibly, he had moved to Dortmund only a year ago for 10% of this transfer fee. The possibility of the Frenchman being a Barcelona target has been rumoured for a long time, but the Catalan outfit significantly stepped up their interest in the player once it became apparent that the possibility of getting Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was very low.

Dembele had to force in the move to Spain, as Dortmund were not prepared to sell the player. He refused to train with the club in order to set the wheels in motion for a transfer. Ultimately, Dortmund did not have much option but to sell him. Even though they received a handsome transfer fee and a mammoth transfer profit over the winger, former Germany captain Michael Ballack says that Dembele should have treated Dortmund with a lot of respect. Continue reading “Michael Ballack Says Ousmane Dembele Should Have Respected Borussia Dortmund”