Bastian Schweinsteiger would be perfect for Manchester United or Real Madrid, according to Germany captain Michael Ballack.

Ballack believes that the Bayern Munich man is ready to follow in the footsteps of Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil who both decided to leave the Bundesliga last summer.

Contract talks with Schweinsteiger are not moving as quickly as Bayern hoped, and as his contract runs out in 2012, speculation regarding the 26-year-old is rife.

And Ballack, who returned to the Bundesliga this summer after spending four years with Chelsea, believes the Bayern Munich man would "fit in well" at a club like Manchester United or Real Madrid.

"He has taken on the responsibility placed in him and is now in a phase when he is looking to reach the zenith of his career," Ballack told Kicker magazine.

"He took a huge step forwards at the World Cup.

"He has presence, authority, personality, performance and goals - he has everything."

Ballack is the perfect man to comment as he is one of only a handful of top German players in recent years to have sought a challenge in another league. Ballack had to the luxury of choosing from a host of top clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, before finally deciding on a move to Chelsea.

Ballack is also one of the only players who have turned down the offer of a new contract and he understands what Schweinsteiger is going through right now.

"Only he will be able to feel what is right for him for the future," added Ballack.

"Of course every footballer is attracted to certain things and Bastian will feel these also. But there are not that many big clubs around and Bayern is one of them.

"On the other hand, Real (Madrid) or Man United are both attractive and he would fit in well at both clubs."

Schweinsteiger is thought to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson's major summer targets and the prospect of being able to sign him on a free transfer would represent one of the finest signings of his 24-year reign at Old Trafford, especially if he can beat Chelsea and Real Madrid to the German powerhouse's signature. 



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