Michael Ballack is set to remain at Bayer Leverkusen at least until the end of the season, according to his representative.
Ballack’s agent Michael Becker told Der Spiegel the player intends to fulfil his contract, and will not move in the January transfer window.
Becker conceded his client is likely to leave Leverkusen at the end of the season for a club based outside of Europe.
“Michael will not leave today (Tuesday), this is for sure,” Becker is quoted as saying.
“After his contract with Leverkusen expires, he could go to China, Arabia or the United States.”
Becker went on to dismiss the somewhat farfetched rumours regarding a possible switch for 35-year-old Ballack to Manchester United.
The former Germany captain has made 18 first-team appearances for Leverkusen this season, but has reportedly fallen out of favour with head coach Robin Dutt.