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Holland winger Eljero Elia has admitted his frustration at not being a regular starter at Hamburg and hinted it may prompt him to seek a transfer at the end of the season.

Elia sparkled as a half-time substitute in Oranje's 3-1 friendly win over Austria last Wednesday but was only named on the bench for Hamburg's trip to Wolfsburg on Saturday, a match Armin Veh's men won 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Mladen Petric.

The 24-year-old cannot understand Veh's reluctance to hand him a starting berth, especially as he feels in good form.

''Apparently there is not much confidence in me,'' he told Voetbal International. ''That hurts. I feel strong and would like to show the fans what I can do. It is very frustrating.

''I have started eight games and we have won seven of them so I cannot have done that badly. I don't know what I have done wrong, I have not been told. I know that I am not a bad player and I am in good shape.

''I am a player who needs confidence. If I play every week I will improve. No-one can accuse me of not working hard enough, I am as fit as a fiddle.''

Despite his problems this season, Elia is still regarded as one of the best young wingers in Europe and he is not short of admirers.

He added: ''Last summer, Juventus and Wolfsburg lodged bids for me and in January there was real interest from four teams in the Premier League. Hamburg did not let me go and I resigned myself to staying. I have not created any unrest. The club cannot blame me, I give more than 100% every game.

''I'll just keep working hard in training every day. I've been doing that all season and will not change. But at the end of the season we will still have to look at the situation.

''If I am still a substitute then we will sit around the table and see what the consequences might be.''


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