Takahara considers future
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Japan international Naohiro Takahara may quit Bundesliga side Hamburg.Japan international Naohiro Takahara may quit Bundesliga side Hamburg should he fail to break into Thomas Doll's in-form team.
The 26-year-old, a consistent goalscorer in the past few seasons, has lost his first-team status this term and has set himself a New Year deadline to win back his place or leave the club altogether.
''If my situation won't change over the next few weeks, I have to think about changing clubs,'' Takahara told Bild.
Takahara, who joined the club in 2003 from Jubilo Iwata, only signed a new contract seven months ago and is committed to the AOL-Arena until 2008.
HSV coach Doll has preferred to play Sergej Barbarez, Benjamin Lauth and Emile Mpenza up front as the Rothosen have turned into Bayern Munich's most serious challenger for the Bundesliga title and as it seems unlikely that he will change his winning team, Takahara faces an uphill battle to reclaim his first-team status.
Stuttgart and Dortmund, who are both keen to bring in a new striker, are believed to be closely monitoring Takahara's situation.