Trochowski shuns Bayern
By Sam Hez & Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Piotr Trochowski has turned his back on a possible return to Bayern Munich.
German international Piotr Trochowski has turned his back on a possible return to Bayern Munich and extended his spell with Hamburg until 2011.
The talented midfielder failed to establish himself during his first spell with Bayern from 1999 to 2005, but reports in the German media suggested that Munich were keen to lure him back to the Allianz-Arena.
But the 24-year-old, who was initially tied to Hamburg until 2009, has now signed a new contract which commits him to the Rothosen for two additional years.
"I wasn't interested in the speculations as my priority is Hamburg," insisted Trochowski, who has won a first-team berth and even made his debut for Germany since joining Hamburg in January 2005.
Hamburg chairman Bernd Hoffmann was relieved that the promising midfielder remained loyal to the currently struggling club.
"We are very happy that we could set a positive sign in these difficult times and were able to keep one of our best players," declared Hoffmann.
HSV have suffered a disastrous season so far as early elimination from the UEFA Champions League and the German Cup was followed with a poor showing in the Bundesliga which resulted in the sacking of coach Thomas Doll.
New coach Huub Stevens has inspired his team to three wins in the past four games, but the club are just one point ahead of the bottom three.