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Chelsea & Liverpool playmaker target pens new Hoffenheim deal

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Chelsea and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian playmaker penned a new contract with Hoffenheim.

Sky Sports reports how the 22-year-old attacking midfielder had been coveted by the Premier League duo extensively, following a standout season in the Bundesliga in 2013/14.

Firmino has scored 13 goals and chipped in with 11 assists in 26 league appearances this campaign, prompting admiring glances from a host of different clubs.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was believed to be keen to bring him to Anfield, as he looks to further strengthen his squad in the summer.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho had also been mooted as an admirer of the South American star, and would have rivalled Liverpool for the player's signature, in an attempt to lure him to Stamford Bridge.

But, with Firmino's contract set to expire in 2015, and numerous clubs ramping up interest in his services, Hoffenheim moved swiftly to secure his long-term future, extending his stay at the Rhein-Neckar Arena for a further two years.

"I am really excited about being at Hoffenheim 1899," he told the club's official website after the deal was announced. "I really like the idea the club is after.

"We are playing a thrilling way and the team spirit among the squad is just great."

Hoffenheim manager Markus Gisdol also expressed his delight at prolonging Firmino's stay, reiterating that the player is an integral part of his first-team.

"It's very good news for the club," he added. "My compliments to [Hoffenheim general manager] Alexander Rosen for working out this agreement."

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