English defender happy at Hamburg.
Hamburg defender Michael Mancienne has insisted that he is happy at the Bundesliga club and has claimed that leaving Chelsea was the best thing for his career, according to Sky Sports.
The 25-year-old left Stamford Bridge in 2011 after failing to break into the first team and spending two long spells on loan with QPR and Wolverhampton Wanderers, respectively and has spoken of how his German experience has helped him become a better player.
An ankle injury prevented him from making more than 21 appearances this season, but he has three years left on his current deal with the club and believes that his decision to leave the west London club was an easy one.
“It was going to be a new challenge, a different phase of my life and an exciting opportunity,” Mancienne told the Guardian.
“I knew the time was right, a chance to create my own name and not be the youngster trying to come off the bench at Chelsea. I wanted to be playing regularly and obviously I knew that would be a pretty much impossible task at Chelsea.
“It was hard but it just made me more hungry to play football because I knew that I couldn’t sit on the bench and rot away.
“To be honest, I don’t really think about Chelsea now. I’m happy where I am and feel blessed to be at such a big club.”