Ballack: Chelsea will be my last club

Ballack said: “I am 30 now and Chelsea could be the last club I will play for.

“My family and I really want to feel at home here. I like the atmosphere here, the speed of the game and the fact it seems like there is real competition to win the Premier League every year.

“English football fans live for football – they identify themselves most with football. For a player, that’s great to see – and I think that’s why they give absolutely everything in a game in this country.

“In Germany we follow the English game very closely and now I am here, I am just like the fans. I live for football. In this environment I know I can show my qualities. As a team we are getting better but we need time too.

“Excellent individuals have to learn how to play well as a team like any other players.”