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Djourou: Playing more important than money

2 July 2013 09:28

Johan Djourou insists he has prioritised playing time over money by opting to join Hamburg on a season-long loan from Arsenal.

The Swiss centre-back made just two appearances for Arsene Wenger's side in 2012-13, but secured a temporary switch to Hannover in January and went on to impress in 16 outings in Germany.

And the 26-year-old claims he has now opted to return to the Bundesliga to prove his worth, rather than continuing to pick up a hefty pay packet at the Emirates Stadium.

"I'm very happy now that everything is sorted. HSV are a big club, with a lot of quality and great fans," he told the club's official website.

"I am convinced that this is the right step for my career.

"In London I would have earned much more money but that has not been decisive. I want to play as much as possible and develop myself and I see in Hamburg the optimum requirements."

Hamburg, who finished seventh in the German top flight last season, have the option to buy Djourou at the end of his loan spell.

Director of sport Oliver Kreuzer has also welcomed the defender's arrival at the Imtech Arena, saying: "Johan was a priority as the defence is a very important part of our team. He has leadership qualities but is also fast, good in the air and very good on the ball."

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