Ballack set for Chelsea talks

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Michael Ballack is set to resolve his future with Premier League champions Chelsea in the next few weeks.

Injured midfielder wants new deal with Blues

Michael Ballack is set to resolve his future with Premier League champions Chelsea in the next few weeks. The 33-year-old midfielder suffered a major blow on Monday when scans revealed he would not be able to take part in this summer's World Cup for Germany. Ballack suffered an ankle injury in last weekend's FA Cup final win over Portsmouth, after a challenge from Kevin-Prince Boateng. He has admitted it is a 'bitter' blow to miss out on South Africa, but insists he wants to commit to the cause at Stamford Bridge. "Chelsea are absolutely my first option," he told Bild newspaper. "We are in contact with the club. The coach (Carlo Ancelotti) first of all wants to discuss things internally and then he will approach the players in a week." Ballack is set to miss training for at least eight weeks and Germany must pick themselves up if they are going to have a successful World Cup. The skipper is tipping Bastian Schweinsteiger to up his game during the competition, but is not certain who should take the armband. "Schweini (Schweinsteiger) has got to do it now and take on more responsibility," he added. "He is self-confident and has the class. I don't see anybody else who shows such a presence and sets the tone like him. "As for the captain, I don't want to add to the speculation - it is hard enough for the coach. "There are (Philipp) Lahm, Schweini and (Miroslav) Klose. "Miro has had an unfortunate season, but he has a high standing in the national team. His experience is important. "And, being captain could give him a boost."

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