Michael Mancienne has vowed to do everything possible to be as big a Hamburg hero as Kevin Keegan after giving up trying to become a Chelsea legend.

After deciding to quit Chelsea this summer, Mancienne snubbed offers from elsewhere to join Hamburg, where he will be reunited with former Blues sporting director Frank Arnesen.

"Obviously, you want to be remembered at your club for doing really well and I knew Kevin Keegan was a hero at Hamburg," said Mancienne, who revealed he had yet to start learning German.

"Hopefully, I can follow in his footsteps.

"I would loved to have played at Chelsea - I'd grown up there. I was there since I was eight but it's a difficult club to break through.

"An opportunity was put in front of me and I couldn't turn it down."

Mancienne is confident the switch can only make him a better player.

"I think it'll have a great benefit," he said. "It's a new challenge for me and to play for a big team such as Hamburg and to be playing week in, week out. I'm really honoured to go there and really looking forward to the challenge."

Mancienne will become one of only a handful of English players to have braved a move to one of Europe's top leagues in recent seasons and he claims it is a mystery why more of his compatriots have not followed suit.

"To be honest, I don't know," he said. "I saw it as a massive opportunity to go abroad and to play in the German league, so I'm really excited by it. I did have a few other options, but I saw Hamburg as my biggest option."

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