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Ballack transfer

London: Chelsea are set to complete the free transfer of Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Michael Ballack this weekend and will hold a news conference with the player on Monday.

The Premier League champions, however, gave no details of any contract.

He was first linked with a move to Chelsea in February but denied British newspaper reports that he had signed a four-year deal with the club worth '25 million ($43 million).

Frustrated by jeering and whistling from Bayern fans, the 29-year-old said last Friday:

“I think my decision should be accepted and I shouldn’t be kicked around any more about it.”

After another poor reception at the start of Saturday’s 3-3 home draw with Borussia Dortmund, he said: “The fans are sensitive to what is said. But I always tried hard to do my job and that should be honoured.

“I was not able to take a decision sooner and couldn’t force a decision just because Bayern managers demanded one. There are a lot of others at Bayern who don’t know whether they have a future here or not.

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