Official: Hamburg sign Jacopo Sala from Chelsea

The young Italian joins Michael Mancienne in making the switch to the Bundesliga club, whose sporting director Frank Arnesen has also moved from Stamford Bridge
Hamburg have signed Jacopo Sala from Chelsea on a three-year contract, the German side announced on Friday.

A statement on HSV's official site noted that after passing a medical, the playmaker agreed to pen a deal which expires on June 30, 2014.

The Italian Under-19 international still had a year remaining on his Chelsea contract, but it seems Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen used his influence to push the move through.

Arnesen told "Jacopo is a player with a bright future. He has gone through all the youth national teams with Italy and has excellent physical properties and skill too."

Sala added: "Playing for HSV is a great opportunity for me. It would be great for me, if possible, to develop quickly here and play with the first team, because this is a great club. Whether in Italy or England, HSV is known everywhere."

Sala joins Michael Mancienne at Hamburg after he left the Blues for the Bundesliga outfit earlier in the week.

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