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By Calum Wilson

Last Updated: 21/03/20 12:42pm

Michael Ballack told the Transfer Talk podcast how he was ‘wrong’ to leave Chelsea in 2010

Michael Ballack enjoyed a glittering career which included five domestic league titles, two Champions League finals and a World Cup runners-up medal. His one regret? Leaving Chelsea too soon.

One of the main draws to Chelsea in the summer of 2006 was the chance to work with the recently self-acclaimed ‘special one’, Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss had led the club to back-to-back Premier League titles and, aided by the financial might of Roman Abramovich, was attracting some of Europe’s greatest to west London.

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In the latest episode of Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast series – available to download, watch and listen to from Wednesday March 25 – Ballack reveals how he chose the Blues over Manchester United, plus what caused him to miss out on potential moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Asked who he spoke to before signing at Chelsea, Ballack said: “It was important for me to talk to the coach. You really get caught by his personality and by his ambitions.

“Working with a coach like that was something totally new for me. He was impressive and I felt totally comfortable with the decision.”

But, having lost their league crown to United in Ballack’s first…