Hamburg insist Hakan Calhanoglu is not for sale despite Arsenal interest

Hamburg have insisted that selling playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu is 'not an option' despite interest from many European clubs.

Calhanoglu, 20, had impressed with Karlsruher, and it was Bundesliga side Hamburg who noticed his excellent potential, but did loan him back to Karlsruher last season, where the young Turkish midfielder showed his incredible ability from set pieces, scoring a number of free kicks in his loan spell.

Having returned to the Imtech Arena, Calhanoglu has become an integral part of the Hamburg side, and in a desperately miserable season for the club, the playmaker dubbed as 'the next Mesut Ozil' has been the shining light throughout the campaign.

His impressive displays have not only resulted in his first call-up to the Turkish national team, but also attracted interest from a number of big sides such as Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, but Hamburg have now insisted that selling their star youngster is 'not an option'.

“We’ve heard of nothing. And selling Hakan is not an option,” said Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer.

Interest is growing from all over Europe, and agent Bektas Demirtas has acknowledged the admiring glances in the direction of his client, but insists there has been no official contact from any team about a move for Calhanoglu in the summer.

“Prestigious clubs from Europe are interested in him. But until now no one has officially approached us,” Demirtas said.

Their hand may be forced if the club is relegated this season, as Mirko Slomka's side sit just two points off the bottom of the Bundesliga, and Calhanoglu, who has hit 10 goals in 28 games from midfield this term, says he isn't focusing on the speculation and wants to work hard to keep Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

“I am fully focused on Hamburg and the battle to avoid relegation. I still convinced that we can do it,” he said.

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