Ballack planning long Blues stay

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Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack insists his contract situation will be resolved within weeks and that he wants to stay at the club for years.

The Germany captain's contract expires at the end of the season and Chelsea are expected to offer the 32-year-old an extension that incorporates a lower salary and bigger bonuses.

Ballack has a one-year option on his contract and is thought to prefer a two-year deal but the midfielder claims he is completely relaxed about his situation and said: "I am happy here, I feel very comfortable and very good."

He added: "My situation is that we will speak in the next few weeks and I think we will find a way.

"As I said, I am happy here and I hope I can play a few more years here."

Ballack's desire to remain at Stamford Bridge will be a welcome boost to coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The player's decision to reveal his plans comes after Scolari's assistant first-team coach, Ray Wilkins, had spoken of the club's ambition to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

Ballack played through the pain barrier against Ipswich on Saturday after collecting a knock in training, and Wilkins said: "I would have thought Michael would be in our plans for next season.

"He's a top-quality player and that's what the club have been bringing in."

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