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Frank Arnesen to join Hamburg as sporting director

Frank Arnesen
Arnesen joined Chelsea from Tottenham in 2005

Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen has signed a three-year contract to take up a similar position at Bundeliga side Hamburg in the summer.

The 54-year-old Dane, who previously held a comparable role at Tottenham, announced last November that he would leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

"I am convinced that with the strength we have and the right decisions we can develop something big," said Arsensen.

Chelsea's chief scout Lee Congerton will also make the move to Germany.

Hamburg approached Arnesen after their first choice, German football federation technical director Matthias Sammer, turned down the job.

Club chairman Ernst-Otto Rieckhoff said the signing of Arnesen was a "great solution" to their two-year search for a sporting director.

Former Denmark international Arnesen played for Ajax, Valencia, Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven, before retiring to become Bobby Robson's assistant at PSV Eindhoven in 1991.

Three years later he became PSV Eindhoven's sporting director, staying for 10 years, during which time Brazilian striker Ronaldo and Dutch winger Arjen Robben both joined the club.

In 2004 he joined Spurs before moving to Chelsea a year later.

The Premier League champions have been criticised for spending huge sums on players rather than producing new talent through the club's academy, which was also Arnesen's responsibility.

Chelsea won the FA Youth Cup last season, the first time since 1961, and 17-year-old English midfielder Josh McEachran has increasingly been used by first-team boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Captain John Terry is the last significant home-grown player to establish himself in the first team.

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20 Oct 05 |  Chelsea

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