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Ballack warned over Utd mistake

Michael Ballack has been told he would be making a huge mistake if he joined Man Utd.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Michael Ballack he would be making a huge mistake if he decided to leave Bayern Munich for either Manchester United or Real Madrid.

Ballack will be out of contract at the end of the season and is stalling on signing a new deal in Munich.

United and Real are both waiting in the wings ready to lure the 29-year-old away on a Bosman free transfer.

However, the Bavarian giants are fighting hard to keep the Germany international at the Allianz Arena and Rummenigge, the club's chief executive, insists he can see no reason why the player would choose either of his suitors over Bayern.

"I just can't imagine that he would go to Manchester United," Rummenigge told Premiere television.

"What would speak for Manchester and against Bayern Munich? Nothing at all, if you take a look at the table in England.

"If I were a player I would definitely not go to Manchester.

"Real Madrid are obviously a club with an incredible image, but as we've seen they haven't won anything at all in the last two years."

Bayern are understood to have tabled Ballack a new four-year deal but the player has asked for more time to consider his future.

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