'My advisor is in contact with Galatasaray' - 'Next Ozil' looks unlikely to join Arsenal

Hakan Calhanoglu has spoken of his love for Galatasaray - and it looks like he has his heart set on Turkey.

A name that has recently crocked up into the transfer columns and rumour chill of late has been Hamburg SV playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu.

The teenager has had something of a breakthrough campaign in 2013-14. He signed for the club last summer from Karlsruher but was immediately loaned back to the Baden-Wurttemberg side - as his 14 goals in 31 games helped them earn promotion from 3.Liga to the 2.Bundesliga.

Recently Arsenal were linked with a ‘concrete’ interest in the player - something which was later branded completely untrue by the players agent,

But you can understand why Arsenal were so heavily linked with the player - mainly because he has been dubbed the ‘next Mesut Ozil’ and he has been the shining light in a difficult season for Hamburg SV.

And now it looks like Arsenal are more than likely not going to get their hands on the player.

Despite being born in Germany - Calhanoglu is from Turkey and has played for the Turkish national team.

And before Christmas - he made it clear that he dreams of one day playing in the gold and red of Galatasaray, the club he has supported since he was a little boy.

Here is what he said on Turkish television:

"It is true that Roberto Mancini wants me. I hope that I can work with him one day, because he is a great coach. There are conversations. My advisor is in contact with Galatasaray. My heart beats gold-red. I could not play for Besiktas or Fenerbahce either. "

It seems to be clearer now more than ever that Calhanoglu will not be an Arsenal player in the near, or far future.

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