Juventus are not a step forward for me - Hamburg's Eljero Elia

The Netherlands international only wants to leave his current club for a team of a higher level and doesn't consider the Turin side to be a move in the right direction
Hamburg winger Eljero Elia has claimed that he is not interested in a move to Juventus as he feels that the Turin side do not represent a step forward for him at the current time.

HSV sporting director Frank Arnesen revealed on Wednesday that the club have turned down an offer from Juve for the Netherlands international, but Elia insists he only wants to move on if a bigger club shows an interest in signing him.

"The club told me that they won't let me join Juventus, but that's not a problem for me. I've agreed with the club that we'd open talks if a big club like Arsenal or Chelsea comes knocking," Elia was quoted as saying by Hamburger Morgenpost.

"There's no need to talk if a club of the same level as HSV is interested. Juventus are still one of the best Italian teams around, but they're not better than Hamburg in my opinion."

The 24-year-old winger has a contract with Hamburg until the summer of 2014. Juventus have been linked with other wide players such as Lyon's Michel Bastos and Fiorentina's Juan Manuel Vargas so far this summer.