Mancienne heads for Hamburg

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Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has signed a four-year deal with German side Hamburg, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

The 23-year-old has passed a medical at the Imtech Arena and will link-up with his new team-mates after he completes his duties with England at this summer's European Under-21 Championships.

Mancienne joined Chelsea as a schoolboy but made just six senior appearances for them before being sent out on loan. He twice went to QPR before three spells with Wolves, who he spent the best part of three years with.

He only made 17 appearances for Mick McCarthy's side in their recent succesful battle against the drop, though, and has now opted to head to Germany where he will be reunited with Hamburg's sporting director Frank Arnesen.

The Dane was technical director during some of Mancienne's time at Chelsea, and he said: "I know Michael from Chelsea and have followed his development for years.

"I am aware of his great potential."

Hamburg finished eighth in the Bundesliga this season, and Mancienne has outlined his ambition to get them back into Europe as soon as possible.

He said: "Hamburg are a big club with a lot of tradition and some fantastic fans.

"It's a big challenge for me to be able to play for this club.

"It would be great if I could play a part in helping Hamburg get back into Europe."

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