Pinola: My future is with Nurnberg

Javier Pinola has played down speculation linking him with a

move away from Nurnberg by announcing his desire to remain with the

club.

The Argentinian’s contract expires at the end of the month, but

he has promised to sign a new deal as soon as he returns from his

summer holidays in South America.

“Of course, I have had other options and I needed time to weigh

things up, but I see my future with Nurnberg and I would like to

carry on playing for this club and these fantastic fans,” said the

27-year-old on the club’s website.

Pinola had been repeatedly linked with a transfer this summer,

particularly since Nurnberg only just avoided relegation to the

second division thanks to a play-off win over Augsburg at the end

of last term.

However, the Bavarian club have worked hard on convincing him to

stay put.

“Pino told me on the telephone that he has decided to stay with

us,” said the club’s director of sport Martin Bader.

“That is great news since Pino is an important foundation of our

team and we all know what meaning he has for our club and our

fans.”

Pinola arrived in Nurnberg in 2005 and remained with the club,

despite their relegation to the second division two years ago.

He was also part of the side which won the DFB-Pokal in 2007 and

appeared in the UEFA Cup the following season.