Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness has told Michael Ballack that he expects the player to inform the club of his intentions within the next six weeks.

The 28-year-old German international’s current contract at the Allianz Arena expires at the end of the season, but Ballack has refused to sign a new deal despite the offer of a new deal through to 2010.

“We want an answer at the end of September, start of October,” Hoeness told Abendzeitung.

“We have exchanged views and our offer is on the table. There is only one chat that we still need to have – and he has to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’,” Hoeness commented.

Both Real Madrid and Manchester United are reported to be interested in signing the playmaker should he decide to quit Germany.