Low stands firm on Ballack
Joachim Low insists he will not fly to London to meet Michael Ballack for clear-the-air talks.
Last Updated: 27/10/08 5:33pm
Germany coach Joachim Low insists he will not fly to London to meet Michael Ballack for clear-the-air talks.
Low wants to meet Ballack in person after the midfielder's recent criticism, which accused the national team coach of not showing respect to senior players.
Ballack is prepared to return to Germany to discuss the situation with Low, but has been prevented from travelling by Chelsea.
The 32-year-old is currently recovering from a foot injury and Chelsea do not want the player to travel until he has finished his rehabilitation.
The Blues sent the German Football Federation (DFB) a fax to confirm that Ballack has been blocked from returning to his homeland.
However, Low believes Ballack should have informed him of the situation and is adamant he will not be heading to London to resolve the matter.
Sticking to stance
"I told him quite clearly that I would have expected him to tell me that personally," Low told Bild newspaper.
"Even if other people see things differently, I would never have flown to London.
"That has always been my stance from the beginning and I am sticking by it."