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Ex-Chelsea defender Mancienne excited by Hamburg challenge

Former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne is excited about his move to Hamburg.

Mancienne revealed on Saturday he had more than one option upon deciding to quit Chelsea but felt Hamburg - where he will be reunited with former Blues sporting director Frank Arnesen - was the best.

"I think it'll have a great benefit," he said.

"It's a new challenge for me and to play for a big team such as Hamburg and to be playing week in, week out.

"I'm really honoured to go there and really looking forward to the challenge."

Mancienne will become only a handful of English players to have braved a move to one of Europe's top leagues in recent seasons.

He claimed it was a mystery why more of his compatriots had not followed suit.

"To be honest, I don't know," he said.

"I saw it as a massive opportunity to go abroad and to play in the German league, so I'm really excited by it.

"I did have a few other options, but I saw Hamburg as my biggest option."

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