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Jul 22, 2013

Scharner vows to fight for place

Austrian Paul Scharner has sworn to fight for his chance in Hamburg despite his demotion from the first team.

Paul Scharner is unhappy in Germany
Paul Scharner has endured a difficult time in Germany.

In an interview with kicker, the former Wigan man hit out at Hamburg and said he never was offered a chance. Scharner, 33, signed for Hamburg from West Brom ahead of the 2012 / 2013.

A knee injury had delayed his Hamburg debut. When finally playing his first game last season he was sent off with two bookings after only 35 minutes.

The Austrian made two more brief appearances as a last-minute substitute. In the winter he was offloaded on a half-year loan to Wigan, where he went on to win the FA-Cup and got relegated.

This summer, Scharner returned to Hamburg and was immediately told he had no future at the club. He currently does not train with the first team, but the Austrian has no plans to leave.

"I will not leave the club by choice without getting a real chance," Scharner told kicker. "Through my experience I know, a lot can happen during a season."

With Germany international Heiko Westermann, Arsenal loanee Johan Djourou and summer signing Lasse Sobiech ahead of him and Scharner - alongside four other players - demoted from the first team, this looks like an impossible task.

"This is a problem, indeed," Scharner said. "To be told as footballer that you don’t have any perspective at the club feels like a company hiring a manager than not offering him an office and a desk.

"It is the pure horror for me. To not get a chance in two years - that has never happened to me. To drive to training day in day out knowing you will not play wears me out."

Scharner has one more year left of his contract. If he was to sit out his contract it would not be about the money he said: "That’s ridiculous. That’s laughable. I could have earned double the money in England. In May, after the FA Cup triumph with Wigan, Everton offered me a three year contract. But at that time the word in Hamburg was everyone would start at zero."

The Austrian defender re-affirmed he would fight for his chance. "This could also turn out to be nasty. Paul Scharner, a reigning FA-Cup winner, will never give up - not even a letter! Guaranteed," he said.

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