Bayer Leverkusen veteran Michael Ballack is convinced the decision to axe him from Chelsea was not made by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti, who has since left, seemed to want Ballack to stay.

"That was my feeling, too, when I spoke with the coach," Ballack told the Mail on Sunday.

"It's not normal to talk so long about a new contract. You should get a decision much earlier. Yes, I think it was a decision of the club, not the coach."

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