Arsenal not on Calhanoglu's radar - agent

The 19-year-old's impressive performances for Hamburg this season had led to links with the Gunners, but his representative insists they have never approached him
By Daniel Jovanov

Arsenal were never among the clubs interested in signing Hamburg starlet Hakan Calhanoglu in January, according to the player's agent.

The Turkish midfielder, who has shone in the absence of Rafael van der Vaart this season, was linked with the Gunners earlier in December, prompting Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer to insist he was not for sale.

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Arsene Wenger also dismissed the reports as mere speculation, and now Calhanoglu's agent Bektas Demirtas has revealed that the north Londoners were never an interested party, though he does expect an offer from an unnamed Premier League club in the Champions League to arrive in January.

"We never said Arsenal are interested in Hakan," Demirtas told Goal. "They're definitely not among the candidates."

When asked whether there was any chance that Calhanoglu could leave Hamburg in January, he replied: "In football anything can happen. But it is a fact that Hakan is under contract at Hamburg until 2016."

Demirtas revealed that his client's priority is to secure a new contract with Hamburg in the near future, but insists there is no rush to open talks.

"We don't feel any pressure and are not in a hurry to extend the contract," he continued. "It is up to the club to move now and approach us."