Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

Hamburg could face issues of contract violation over youngster Jonathan Tah following his renewal last year, it has emerged.

According to FIFA rules, a player under the age of 18 can only sign a contract at a club for a maximum period of three years.

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Tah, who was 17 at the time of his renewal, saw his new deal at Hamburg take him up to 2018.

The defender was being followed by Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United last year, but opted to continue his career with Hamburg.


In addition, Tah's current deal with the Bundesliga club has a release clause for next summer of €25m, according to the Hamburger Morgenpost.

Tah is also expected to benefit from significant salary hikes through his contract years which could culminate in a monthly wage of €120,000.

Hamburg have yet to provide a response to the speculation, though they had acknowledged the interest from England last year.

Hamburg junior director Bastian Reinhardt had said at the time: "We take it seriously and in fact we are working very seriously to ensure that they [Tah and Levin Oztunali] stay in Hamburg."

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