Hamburg signs England prospect Michael Mancienne

Hamburger SV has signed England youth team international Michael
Mancienne from Chelsea for a fee of around ?2 million ($2.9
million).

The Bundesliga club said on its website Tuesday that the
23-year-old defender signed a four-year contract after undergoing a
medical.

Mancienne, who has played for England from under-16 to under-21
levels, was on loan at Chelsea’s Premier League rival Wolverhampton
Wanderers for the last three seasons.

”Hamburg is a big club, rich in tradition, with fantastic fans.
It’s a great challenge for me, to be able to play for this club,”
Mancienne said.

Hamburg’s new sporting director Frank Arnesen negotiated the
transfer with his former club over the weekend.

”I know Michael from my time at Chelsea, have followed his
development for years and know about his huge potential,” Arnesen
said.

Arnesen took over at Hamburg after informing Chelsea he would
not be renewing his contract with the English club.

After completing the formalities, Mancienne rejoined the England
under-21 side in preparation for the European Championship in
Denmark in June.