Hamburg signs Rajkovic from Chelsea on 4-year deal

Hamburger SV has recruited another player from Chelsea, signing

22-year-old Serbian defender Slobodan Rajkovic on a four-year


The Bundesliga club announced the transfer on its website

Wednesday. No financial details were provided, but German media

reports the fee was in the region of ?2 million ($2.9 million).

”I’ve just arrived and don’t want to make any big promises, but

I can promise I will always give my best, always 100 percent, for

the team,” Rajkovic said.

Since former Chelsea official Frank Arnesen arrived in Hamburg

to become director of sports, the Bundesliga club has signed five

young players from his former club.

The other four are Jeffrey Bruma, Michael Mancienne, Gokhan Tore

and Jacopo Sala.

Hamburg coach Michael Oenning said the 1.91-meter (6-foot-3)

Rajkovic – who took part in training on Wednesday – could play when

Hamburg hosts Cologne on Saturday in a match between the

Bundesliga’s bottom sides.

”He is big and an awkward opponent who steps in at the right

moment. He can also spread fear and terror. He brings a quality

that we don’t yet have in the squad and that we need,” Oenning


Hamburg has conceded nine goals in its opening three league

games, including five to Bayern Munich last weekend.

Work permit issues prevented Rajkovic playing in the Premier

League for Chelsea following his move from OFK Beograd as a

17-year-old. The Belgrade-born defender was loaned out to three

Dutch clubs, PSV Eindhoven, FC Twente and Vitesse Arnhem.

”Chelsea wanted to extend my contract but I didn’t want that

anymore,” Rajkovic said. ”I didn’t want to be loaned out again,

but to be somewhere fixed. I want to have a home.”