The Germany youth international Jann-Fiete Arp has said that he chose to renew his contract with Hamburg ranger than move abroad as he believes it “doesn’t may any sense to join Chelsea as a 17-year old”.
At the recent European Under-21 Championship Art scored two hat tricks and another goal for Germany in five matches and caught the eye of a number of major clubs including Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.
However, in June he signed a contract with Hamburg that will keep him there until 2019.
Arp has now joined Hamburg’s senior squad as they prepare for the new season, he has previously scored 28 goals in 25 games for their U17 andU19 teams. Speaking to Bild Arp explained the rationale behind his decision to stay.
“It just doesn’t make any sense to join Chelsea as a 17-year-old,” Arp said. “You have achieved near to nothing, basically have no experience in professional football. The risk is too high. It would have been nonsense to move abroad and neglect everything else.”
Over the last few years Chelsea has developed a reputation for stockpiling a number of young players on their books and then sending them out on loan. Most of the players are eventually sold on without having played for the first team.
Arp on the other hand is likely to make his Bundesliga debut over the next few months and he will also play in the Under-17 World Cup in India in October. Furthermore, he will also be busy off the pitch as he enters his final year at school.
He said that he believes that it is important to have something to fall back on, “Football is a day-to-day business and it can be over any day. But nobody can take away the Abitur [German A-levels] from you. On top of that, money must not play a role at my age.”