By RYAN TOLMICH
Julian Green is set to meet with Hamburg’s higher-ups Wednesday, but club officials insist any conflict between the two parties has been overblown.
Recent reports have stated that the U.S. Men’s National Team winger has been called in by Hamburg bosses after refusing a demotion to the club’s Under-23 team. Green’s agent, Roman Grill, told MLSSoccer.com that there isn’t as much controversy as recently reported and that the player is hoping to make in impact with Hamburg rather than seek a move back to Bayern Munich.
“Nobody from the club has talked to Julian, so far, because of which there will be a meeting tomorrow,” Grill told MLS Soccer. “It is a topic made up by the media and only conjecture.
“Julian is confident that he can help the team succeed. Last year, he played for the FC Bayern U-23’s and scored 15 goals in 23 matches. This is not an option for Julian. He wants to show his quality and prevail in the Bundesliga. Julian has a contract in Hamburg until the end of the season. After this season, he will come back to Bayern.”
The controversy between the two sides stems from an announcement last week by Sporting Director Peter Knäbel that Green would feature for the U-23’s. Hamburg press officer Lars Wenger did admit that playing time with the reserves would be one issue that would be broached in the upcoming meeting.
Currently two points out of the relegation zone, Hamburg is back in action Sunday against Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach.
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