Joachim Loew regrets falling out with Michael Ballack
Munich: Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted that the process which led to the end of Michael Ballack’s international career could have been handled better by all involved.
"All of us who were involved in this thing should have found a better solution,” he said in an interview.
“All of the parties involved. Just as it was then, and how it is currently, it is not satisfactory.”
Ballack was all set to lead his country at last year’s World Cup finals when he suffered an injury in Chelsea’s FA Cup final clash with Portsmouth which ruled him out of the tournament.
The midfielder was not recalled to the squad for the Euro 2012 qualification campaign and Low announced in June that he would not be selecting Ballack again as he wished to focus on developing younger players.
The German Football Association (DFB) offered Ballack a farewell friendly against Brazil in June but the player angrily declined, lashing out at Low for treating him disrespectfully and labeling the suggestion that a game which had been planned months in advance was arranged in his honor “a farce”.
"I hope we can resolve things someday,” Loew told the German news outlet.
Ballack’s future in the game is currently the subject of much debate, with the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder reportedly considering moving abroad again at the end of the season. A move to Major League Soccer appears like a realistic possibility.