German Bundesliga

Elia: Juve not big enough for me

August 11, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Juventus transfer target Eljero Elia says he is not interested in a move to the Serie A giants as it would not represent a step up from his current club Hamburg SV.

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The Bundesliga side confirmed they had rejected an offer for Elia, reportedly of around €7 million, from Juve earlier this week and the Netherlands international claims he is happy with the decision as he only want to move to a bigger club.

Elia told Hamburger Morgenpost: "The club told me that they won't let me join Juventus, but that's not a problem for me. I've agreed with the club that we'd open talks if a big club like Arsenal or Chelsea comes knocking.

"There's no need to talk if a club of the same level as HSV is interested. Juventus are still one of the best Italian teams around, but they're not better than Hamburg in my opinion."

Pacy winger Elia, who was part of the Hamburg team which lost their Bundesliga opener 3-1 at Borussia Dortmund last Friday, has contract with the German side until the summer of 2014.