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Calhanoglu 'proud' of Bayern Munich interest

Goal.com logo Goal.com 11-05-2014 Goal.com

Hamburg rising star Hakan Calhanoglu admits he is "proud" to hear of interest from Bayern Munich.

The Bavarians are believed to be considering a summer swoop for the 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who has been in impressive form in the Bundesliga this season, despite Hamburg struggling in a relegation battle for much of the campaign.

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Calhanoglu claims talk of Pep Guardiola's interest motivates him to keep performing well, but insists he is fully focused on helping HSV secure their top-flight survival.

He told Sky Sports News: "This (Bayerns interest) motivates me and it makes me proud. But I am not thinking about that right now. At the moment the focus is on avoiding relegation with the HSV."

Hamburg's CEO Carl-Edgar Jarchow has previously made it clear he has no intention of selling Calhanoglu, despite the club struggling on the pitch and in dire need of a financial boost in the close season.

"We are not in these talks [with Bayern]," he told Bild. "We do not want to sell Hakan. He is a player with great perspective. It would be a step back for our club to part ways with these kind of players."

Calhanoglu, who scored an incredible 40-yard free kick against Borussia Dortmund earlier this season, has also been linked with Premier League giants Chelsea, as well as clubs in Italy.

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