Tuesday, 14th August, 2012
Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen has signalled that the German club are likely to abandon their recent policy of bringing over young talents from Chelsea.
Arnesen, who worked in a similar capacity at Stamford Bridge before moving to Hamburg, has actively pursued starlets from his former club, bringing Slobodan Rajkovic, Michael Mancienne and Jacopo Sala to the club, while Jeffrey Bruma landed on loan from the Champions League winners.
But Arnesen believes the youngsters have not been given an easy time by the German press and are often treated unfairly, which in turn can affect their development and make their task of adapting to Bundesliga football all the harder.
Now the Hamburg sporting director is ready to abandon the policy, despite having had further acquisitions from Chelsea in mind.
"There were one or two candidates [to be signed], but I do not know", said Arnesen, musing the plight of Blues youngsters in Germany.
"I think the current Chelsea boys were treated unfairly by the media in Hamburg last season", added the Dane.
"For me it’s no problem, but for the players.."
Hamburg will be aiming to improve upon their showing in the Bundesliga last season, where Thorsen Fink’s men finished 15th, flirting with relegation.
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