Hamburg’s attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has expressed his interest in staying at the German club amid a new possible contract extension.
Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu has been one of the Bundesliga’s breakout talents this season with coaches, journalists and pundits alike have drawing comparisons to current Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder started his youth career playing for lower league side SV Waldhof Mannheim. Calhanoglu then found himself at second division side Karlsruher SC, before current side Hamburg SV saw the potential in him.
Calhanoglu joined the current Bundesliga strugglers on a four-year deal in the summer of 2012 but was then immediately loaned back to Karlsruher SC for the 2012/13 season, where he netted 14 goals in 31 appearances.
Now, Hamburg’s exciting young talent is a firm fixture amongst the the Hamburg starting XI, where he has excelled alongside former Spurs star Rafael Van Der Vaart. Starting 13 Bundesliga games, Calhanoglu has scored five goals, assisted a further two and has played a total of 32 key passes this campaign – second only to Van Der Vaart
The interest has intensified for the Turkish international, with a host of clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Galatasary watching his progress. Calhanoglu however looks set to snub Premier League advances and has reportedly told Sky Sports that should a contract offer to extend his current deal that runs out in 2016 arrive, then he’d love to stay on at Hamburg
"I am a player of Hamburg. If there is a good new deal, I will happily accept it.
"I would really like to stay on at Hamburg. I want to have a future in the Bundesliga.
"I am sure I will be an even better player in the second half of the season. I am now more used to the standard of competition in this league."
With Hamburg SV currently down in 14th position, five points clear of automatic relegation and just two ahead of Freiburg in the relegation playoff place, presumably the Bundesliga outfit can’t afford to lose one of their star players during the January transfer window.
With the reported huge debt looming over the club however, perhaps the club would be willing to sell to the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool and use the potential sale money to strengthen other areas of the team as they enter arguably the most important 6-months of recent times.
Or how about this for a conspiracy - a new contract with a bumper release clause...?
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