Hamburg signs Italy youth Jacopo Sala from Chelsea

Hamburger SV signed Italy Under-19 midfielder Jacopo Sala from

Chelsea to a three-year contract on Friday.

”Jacopo is a player for the future,” new Hamburg sporting

director Frank Arnesen told the club’s website.

Sala said Hamburg was a ”big opportunity.”

”I want to develop as quickly as possible, to emerge for

Hamburg in the Bundesliga,” the Italian added. ”That would be

fantastic because this club is something special. Hamburg is known

everywhere, regardless of whether you’re in Italy or England.”

Sala emerged from Atalanta Bergamo’s youth system before making

the switch to England at 15. He played on the right of midfield for

Chelsea’s reserve side last season.

”He has played through all the Italian youth teams and

possesses outstanding physical and technical abilities,” said

Arnesen, who took over at Hamburg after deciding not to renew his

contract with Chelsea.

It is the second transfer Arnesen has negotiated with his former

club following the signing of England youth team international

Michael Mancienne on Tuesday.