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Germany’s Michael Ballack has admitted that England would be his preferred destination, should he leave Bayern Munich this summer. The 29-year-old playmaker is out of contract at Bayern and Premiership Champions Chelsea are favourites to secure his signing.

Ballack has attracted interest from several European clubs, but he has hinted he would prefer a move to England. This is what Ballack told the Daily Express” For me it is the Premiership rather than La Liga”, “I am a very physical player and in England the pace is fast, the tackles are hard.” Ballack compared himself to Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane he believes he could have similar impact to the pair.

“ If you look at the players that have become legends in England, like Vieira and Keane, I see a lot of myself in players like that”. He added, he may decide his future before the World Cup finals; it appears that it has come down to a straight choice between Bayern and Chelsea. Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho told German Newspaper Bild.

“I want him, he needs time to make his decision, and I respect that, now its up to him”. “For me Ballack is one of the best players in the world. “He’s very intelligent, tactically very strong and scores a lot of goals,” “for me in Europe there’s only Frank Lampard at that level. The two would form a dream pair.”