Ballack keen to extend Chelsea contract
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Germany captain Michael Ballack said he is keen to extend his contract at English giants Chelsea until after the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The 33-year-old wants to stay with the London club and says things are improving under Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, with the German's contract due to expire on 30 June 2010.

"Things are improving in such a way that we will soon be consistent," he said.

And the midfielder says he is enjoying his time in the English capital. "Things are easier with the language," Ballack said. "At first, I was quiet in the changing room.

"But things soon got better when I learned English, especially after I could articulate myself and it makes it easier working with the other players."

Things are improving in such a way that we will soon be consistent.
Michael Ballack on progress at Chelsea

With Ballack set to spearhead Germany's challenge for South Africa 2010, the ex-Bayern Munich talent insists he has no problem with negative feedback from within the squad, but sometimes it is his way or the highway.

Ballack landed himself in hot water in October 2008 when he criticised coach Joachim Loew for not showing his senior players enough loyalty and he clashed with team manager Oliver Bierhoff on the pitch after the UEFA Euro 2008 final in Vienna in June 2008.

"One must always put the team first," Ballack said. "If the criticism is not very positive, then you have to ask yourself: is there a better way of doing things.

"But I will also not bend my personality. Sometimes you have to say: this is the way it is, full-stop."