Hamburg Defender Michael Mancienne Knocks Back Turkish Offers

Former Chelsea man not interested in heading East.

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Hamburg’s English centre back Michael Mancienne has reportedly rejected moves to Turkish duo Gaziantepspor and Rizespor, according to Sky Sports.

The former England under-21 international has been told by the Bundesliga club that he no longer features in their long term plans and they have revealed that they will be listening to offers for him.

The 25-year-old joined the club in the summer of 2011 after ex-Chelsea sporting director Frank Arsenen persuaded him to try his luck on the continent.

Turkish duo Gaziantepspor and Rizespor are both thought to have made enquiries for Mancienne, but he is not thought to be interested in a move to Turkey and has rejected the chance to go and ply his trade there.

A number of English clubs are thought to be monitoring Mancienne’s sitution as they weigh up a move for the versatile defender.

Mancienne began his career with Chelsea, but failed to establish himself in the first team. He spent two extended loan spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers and QPR before making the move to Hamburg, where he has since gone on to make 37 appearances in two years.

Having represented England at various youth levels, he was called into the first team squad by Fabio Capello for the friendly against Germany in 2008, however, he didn’t feature in the match and is still eligible to play for the Seychelles.

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