Centre-back Mancienne says the German league is the best in the world.
Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has expressed the desire to make his loan move to Hamburger SV permanent as he is enjoying playing football in the Bundesliga.
Mancienne is something of a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge but has spent two seasons on loan at Hamburg now and is aiming to stay for the foreseeable future.
“This league is only getting bigger and better,” the centre-back told the Guardian.
“I wanted to be playing regularly and obviously I knew that would be a pretty much impossible task at Chelsea.
“You feel like you don’t get an opportunity unless you go out on loan. And even then you come back, think you’ve done well and you get sent back out on loan again.
“I don’t really think about Chelsea now. I’m happy where I am and feel blessed to be at such a big club.”
Mancienne is now 25-years-old and his days of being a potential young talent at the Blues have long gone, but that is not to say he does not have a future in Germany.
The defender played just four times for the club that still owns him, but made 56 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers over three seasons on loan at Molineaux, before travelling to Hamburg for the last two campaigns.
Although technically a Chelsea player it is clear Mancienne hasn’t considered himself to be a part of the set-up at Stamford Bridge for some time and a permanent move to his adopted city of Hamburg would cap off a great spell at the club for the England under-21 international.