By ADAM TROXTELL
American youngster Julian Green appears to have settled speculation about his future at Hamburg SV, though his take on the issue was less than definitive.
Green’s future at Hamburg, where he has been on loan from Bayern Munich this season, was thrown into doubt last week when he was reportedly demoted to the U-23 side that plays in Germany’s fourth division, and then was accused of refusing to play. Though he and the club eventually denied those accusations, speculation still arose suggesting the 19-year-old’s loan deal might be cut short.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Green said he never doubted his future with the Hamburg first team; however, he also said a final decision will be made in the next couple of days following talks with coach Joe Zinnbauer and sporting director Peter Knabel.
“The conversation went in the right direction,” Green said. “I never doubted my future with the Hamburg first team. A final decision, however, will be made in the next couple of days.”
Since moving to Hamburg on loan, Green has made one start under coach Mirko Slomka before he was fired in September. Zinnbauer has brought Green off the bench four times since he was appointed as manager.
Green did make an appearance with Hamburg II, the club’s fourth division-based U-23 team, in a 13-2 scrimmage romp. Green scored a goal in the scrimmage.