Germany no longer needs Michael Ballack - Lothar Matthäus

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Germany legend Lothar Matthäus has reiterated his belief that Germany do not need Michael Ballack anymore and therefore the player should consider retiring from Die Nationalmannschaft.

Ballack was forced to skip the 2010 World Cup when he injured his ankle last May, but his team thrived in his absence by claiming the third place in South Africa.

"Ballack was a great captain and did much to German football. But the last World Cup showed that Germany no longer needs Ballack," Matthäus said in Marca.

Matthäus also believed Ballack that must "realise the sign" and admited that the former Chelsea player is already behind his prime.

The legendary defender referred to his own experience and accepted it was a mistake to return to the national team in 1998.

He added: "It was a mistake to try again. I would like to pass on that experience to Michael Ballack who is about to turn 34 years."

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