On-loan Arsenal defender Djourou set to seal Hamburg switch

The 27-year-old has been with the German side on a season-long loan and is expected to end his 11-year affiliation with the Gunners to make a permanent move to the Bundesliga

Hamburg coach Mirko Slomka has confirmed that on-loan Arsenal defender Johan Djourou will remain at the club beyond the end of the season.

The Switzerland international joined the Bundesliga side in a temporary switch from the Gunners in July, though the deal was reported to include a clause allowing the German outfit to buy him outright.

And now Slomka, HSV’s third manager in a disappointing season, has confirmed that the 27-year-old centre-back will remain in Hamburg.

“I am happy that he’s staying with us for the next few years as he’s a stabilising influence at the centre of our defence,” the 46-year-old coach told reporters.

No details of the deal have been released, although local media reports have indicated that Djourou has agreed a contract that will keep him with Hamburg until 2016.

The Swiss defender has made 22 appearances for Hamburg this season but has been unable to prevent them from enduring a nightmare campaign, currently sitting second from bottom of the Bundesliga with six games to play.

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