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Hamburg star unaffected by Manchester United & Chelsea interest

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The agent of Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has played down speculation linking his client with a summer move away from the Imtech Arena, despite ongoing connections with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

According to German newspaper the Hamburger Morgenpost, Premier League scouts from all
three clubs were in attendance for the 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga last Friday.

Calhanoglu opened the scoring for the hosts after just four minutes, further enhancing his burgeoning reputation amongst a growing list of admirers that also includes Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AS Roma.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing the 20-year-old to Old Trafford in the summer, as he looks to strengthen his midfield department ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

However, Manchester United will face serious competition for Calhanoglu's signature, with Liverpool and Chelsea also continuing to monitor the player's development in Germany.

Despite rumours that he could move to Stamford Bridge or Anfield, Bektas Demirtas - who represents the in-demand star - insists that Calhanoglu remains fully committed to Hamburg and is unaffected by the ongoing speculation.

"The lad has always said he is a Hamburg player," he explained. "He only signed a new contract in the winter until June 2018.

"He signed it because he has a future plan. His plan is to be a success at Hamburg in the next few years. The rumours are usual, but they will have no impact on Hakan."

The Turkey international certainly looks set for a bright future in the game, having impressed with nine goals in 27 appearances in 2013/14. But, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and all the other interested parties for that matter must bide their time if they are serious about securing Calhanoglu's services.

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