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


The Bundesliga club said on its website Tuesday that the

23-year-old defender signed a four-year contract after undergoing a


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


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.