Arsenal target Nadiem Amiri signs a new contract extension with TSG Hoffenheim

Nadiem Amiri holds aloft his new shirt alongwith sporting director Alexander Rosen. (Photo: TSG Hoffenheim/Getty Images)
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Arsenal were reportedly interested in signing the 20-year-old.

TSG Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri has signed a new two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until June 30, 2020. Amiri joins manager Julian Nagelsmann who also extended his contract last week as Hoffenheim prepare for their debut season in the Champions League.

Amiri joined Hoffenheim’s youth setup as a 15-year-old and has since been an integral part of the club, earning promotion from the youth ranks to the reserve team. He made his first team debut in February 2015 in a 3-0 defeat to Vfl Wolfsburg.

Last season, Amiri played a crucial role in his team’s surprise fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga. He played in 33 of the 34 possible matches, scoring two goals and providing four assists.

Arsenal were reportedly interested in signing him with Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach also showing interest.

The young Afgani international has been a regular part of the Germany youth setup with five goals to his name so far. He was also part of the Hoffenheim U-19 side that won the U-19 Bundesliga in 2014 under the tutelage of Julian Nagelsmann. Not only that, Amiri scored a brace in the final as they went on to defeat Hannover 96 by a 5-0 margin.

Nagelsmann expressed his delight saying:

“[Amiri is] a special player, because he has come through the TSG academy and calmly matured into a young professional of exceptional talent.”

He further cautiously added:

“he [Amiri] is still getting better, and as a result it’s great that he will continue to do that here in the future.”

Speaking to 1899 TV, the club’s official channel, Amiri said:

“I want to repay the faith that’s been shown in me here. That’s my incentive. TSG has become a part of my home,”
“It’s about my maturing process too, and having to deal with interest from other clubs. This is of course an honour to receive.”
“I know exactly what I have here and hopefully I can continue to improve and develop that on an international stage.”

#Amiri2020 – Nadiem Amiri hat seinen Vertrag mit der TSG Hoffenheim vorzeitig um zwei Jahre bis zum 30. Juni 2020 verlängert. „Ich möchte natürlich das Vertrauen, das ich hier bekomme, zurückzahlen. Das ist mein Ansporn. Die TSG ist für mich ein Stück Heimat geworden.“ ? http://tinyurl.com/y7jyzl5o.Zur #Amiri-Verlängerung gibt es auf das neue Home-Trikot den Flock unserer Nummer 18 gratis ? https://goo.gl/1rjcic.#tsg #tsg1899 #EinTeamEinWegEinmalig

Posted by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Monday, June 12, 2017

Hoffenheim will enter the Champions League playoff round as an unseeded team with the hope of qualifying for the group stage. Amiri will become the first ever Afgan player to play in the UEFA Champions League.

The 20-year-old is currently part of Germany U-21 side that will take part in the UEFA Euros this summer. Amiri is then set to start his senior international debut for his native Afghanistan and will feature alongside his cousin, Zubayr Amiri.