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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 June, 2005, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Hamann agrees new Liverpool deal
Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann
Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has agreed a new one-year deal at Anfield, with a further one-year option.

The 31-year-old's contract ran out this summer and German side Hamburg and Bolton were interested in his services.

But the German international, who started 30 league games this season, has agreed to remain with the Reds.

Hamann told the Liverpool Echo newspaper: "Once Liverpool made me an offer, there was only one place I wanted to play my football."

Hamann came off the bench to help Liverpool win the European Cup - breaking his foot in extra-time but still scoring in the penalty shoot-out.

The midfielder, who joined the club in 1999, said: "I always said the first club I would speak to about my future was Liverpool because I wanted to stay.

The Premiership is the only club competition I haven't won since I joined Liverpool
Dietmar Hamann

"The manager said we would wait until after the final before we had a meeting and that's what we did. We came to an agreement instantly.

"I'm delighted the manager wanted to keep me. I read a lot about other clubs being interested, but I couldn't imagine playing for any club in England."

Hamann was offered a new deal mid-season, but it was withdrawn by Benitez when he became disappointed that he was delaying a decision to re-sign.

After their European triumph in Istanbul, Hamann has his heart set on adding a Premiership medal.

Hamann, who has also picked up the FA Cup and League Cup since moving to Anfield, said: "It's going to be hard to challenge for the title in the next two seasons, but let's give it a go.

"The Premiership is the only club competition I haven't won since I joined Liverpool. I'm desperate for us to do it.

"The manager has achieved great things already by winning the Champions League and I know he's planning to bring in new players for next season.

"If we can settle quickly and everyone starts working together tactically early on, who knows what can happen?

"Who would have predicted we would win the Champions League a year ago?

"Maybe we can surprise the top three. It's going to be tough to do that, but I think we'll improve a lot."

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