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Striker Berg jets in to complete Hamburg switch

July 20, 2009

New Hamburg signing Marcus Berg is hoping he can take his fine goalscoring form from Holland into the Bundesliga.

GettyImagesBerg has been in great form for Sweden.

The Swedish striker, who impressed at the European Under-21 Championships this summer, hit 32 goals in 56 games for FC Groningen to earn a €9m move to the north German side.

"It is my job to score goals and I want to score many for HSV,'' the 22-year-old said at his presentation at the HSV-Arena. "I want my performances and goals to help us be as successful as possible.''

Berg has become Hamburg's record signing - the fee could rise depending on success - and will replace Croatian Ivica Olic, who joined Bayern Munich on a free transfer earlier this summer.

Berg, who has signed a five-year contract with Bruno Labbadia's men, admitted he did not have to think twice when the offer arrived.

"It was 100% certain for me right from the very beginning that I would come to Hamburg,'' he said. "The Bundesliga is on a higher level than the Eredivisie which is why this is a fantastic chance for me to improve.''

Failure to agree on a fee had threatened to scupper the deal after Berg had already successfully negotiated terms and undergone a medical.

But Berg told De Telegraaf: "I never worried about that. I only concentrated on my holiday. I was in Sweden with family and friends, I fished and sat on a jetski.''

While the Swede's arrival will certainly boost Hamburg's attacking options, their defence also looks in rude health as they won a quadrangular tournament including Bayern Munich, Stuttgart and Schalke this weekend without conceding a goal.

"We got the maximum out of this tournament and that will certainly boost team spirit,'' said Labbadia.