Michael Ballack could become the latest player in a string of stars who are considering potential moves to the MLS. The 35 year old German international revealed throughhisagent that MLS side New York Red Bulls is his preferred destination.
Ballack is currently with Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and although they are riding high in the league, Ballack’s performances for the club have not been very impressive leading to mounting criticism from the club officials.
In fact, things became so bad early this year when Leverkusen through their sporting director Rudi Voeller threatened to ban Ballack’s agent Michael Becker from the club’s stadium after Becker made statements referring to the club’s strange managerial style.
Thinking this was a rare occurrence, Becker was again at it earlier this week when he made controversial comments about the New York Red Bulls choosing to sign unknown players. Becker believes that despite Ballack wanting to move to New York, the Red Bulls would rather sign Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland.
“Why would you go for a no-name player who no one knows, who hasn’t started in months, when Michael Ballack is available?” Becker said.
Though Becker seems to be doing all the talking, it is believed that Ballack will be leaving Europe at the end of the season. A move to the MLS is eminent, however, his final destination remains a bit fuzzy.
That said, one player who is ready to welcome Ballack to the MLS is former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Henry revealed his admiration for the German star saying that Ballack joining the MLS would be a great addition for the league.
“Who wouldn’t like to play with Michael Ballack?” Henry said during a recent interview. “His CV speaks for itself.”
“He’s going to score you goals, he has experience and he sees the game well as a midfielder. I don’t know his situation, but he’s one of the best midfielders that we’ve seen in the game.”
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