Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has revealed he regrets leaving the Premier League side ten years ago and wishes he had retired at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea released Ballack in 2010 when his contract expired in the summer after failing to agree terms over a new deal. The 43-year-old had a glistering career in Blues shirt, winning the Premier League, two FA Cups, the League and the Community Shield. The midfielder was also part of the side which finished as runners-up in the Champions League to Manchester United in 2008.
"Today I can say maybe it was wrong, I should have stayed even for that one year," he said.
"I could never imagine that I would go back to Bayer Leverkusen until the last day, I actually thought we would find a way at Chelsea. I was really hoping I could stay until the end."
The German midfielder’s Chelsea career ended in heartbreaking fashion when he picked up an ankle injury in the 2010 FA Cup final win over Portsmouth. That ruled him out of the World Cup in South Africa and effectively curtailed his international career.