Thursday, 13th September, 2012
Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has suggested that Michael Ballack could go into coaching.
Ballack has been without a club since parting company with Leverkusen at the end of last season and, despite much speculation over where he will end up, is still a free agent.
The 35-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the MLS, while clubs in the Middle East and China would also love to secure his services.
However, if the former Bayern Munich midfielder cannot find the perfect match, he would be wise to consider hanging up his boots and heading for the dugout, Voller has advised.
"He has the ability and the intelligence to become a coach", the Leverkusen transfer supremo told Sport Bild.
Voller also revealed that, after the final game of the 2011/12 Bundesliga season, he had told Ballack in person to "pass his qualifications" in the coaching sphere.
It remains to be seen whether the German is ready to enter the world of coaching or believes he still has more to offer on the pitch, even at the age of 35.