Fink keen to keep rising star Son at HSV

Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink says he is eager to keep South Korea star Son Heung-Min at the Bundesliga club despite reported interest from both Premier League giants Liverpool and Arsenal.

Fink keen to keep rising star Son at HSV
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20-year-old Son, who has made 12 international appearances, has been on impressive form this season and is the club’s top-scorer with five goals in ten games. He is thought to be worth €8 million, wrote the Hamburger Morgenpost on Tuesday.

With Son’s contract set to expire in June 2014, Son was evasive last week when asked about his future with the north German club.

“I’m happy in Hamburg,” the star told the paper last week, “but I don’t know whether I will extend [my contract]. That will be up to my adviser.”

And Son’s adviser Thies Bliemeister said they’ll “be listening to everything. It’s an important contract.”

But Fink is very keen to keep his star forward to help build a title-winning team and has dismissed speculation about a transfer as a symptom of Son’s recent success.

“We want to achieve something with Son,” Fink told German Sky Sport News. “I think it would be better for his sporting development if he stayed and played with us. When anyone plays well, there is of course always a bit of transfer speculation about him.

“Ultimately, Son must know that we want to build something here and we have kept hold of players who want to also achieve something,” he added.

Hamburg are at Freiburg on Saturday and are currently ninth in the league having lost 3-0 at home to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich last weekend.

AFP/The Local/jlb

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German football club ends partnership with Russia’s Gazprom

German football club Schalke 04 announced Monday it had prematurely ended its partnership with Russian gas giant Gazprom following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

German football club ends partnership with Russia's Gazprom

The deal between the second-tier German club and Gazprom had been due to run until 2025 with Schalke receiving around €9 million ($10 million) per year in sponsorship.

Had the Gelsenkirchen-based club won promotion back to the Bundesliga at the end of this season, the sponsorship figure would have risen to €15 million annually.

Schalke had already removed the Gazprom logo from their shirts for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Karlsruhe.

In a statement, Schalke said their finances were “unaffected by this decision”.

“The club’s management is confident that it will be able to present a new partner in the near future.”

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Gazprom representative Matthias Warnig resigned from the club’s supervisory board last Thursday.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, interim president of the German Football Association (DFB), had already hinted there could be financial aid for Schalke if they split from Gazprom.

“If this requires the solidarity of other clubs in Germany to get them out of this situation, then we have to discuss how we can manage that,” Watzke told ZDF.

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