Germany captain Michael Ballack has hit back at criticism from Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge over his move from Bayern to Chelsea.
Ballack dismissed Rummenigge’s comment that Bayern did the right thing by “letting Ballack go” on a free transfer at the end of last season.
“Herr Rummenigge should simply tell the truth and accept the fact a player decides to go to another club,” Ballack said.
After the midfielder decided to leave, Rummenigge publicly questioned Ballack’s character and commercial manager Uli Hoeness said Ballack was only interested in money.
Ballack was jeered at his final home match in Munich and blamed Rummenigge at the time for shifting public opinion against him.
The German admitted he was still adjusting to England and finding it difficult to take advantage of his strength in the air.
“I sometimes miss a good cross I’d get from Willy Sagnol or Philipp Lahm. Chelsea’s style is different than at Bayern. It’s difficult to take advantage of my strength in the air.”
Ballack said even he was taking nothing for granted despite Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho singling him out as one of his key players: “No one has a job guarantee. I think I’ve been on the pitch because I’ve been doing my job well, because I fit in the team and can help it.”