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Unsettled Japan international striker Naohiro Takahara will remain with Hamburg SV, despite his desire for a move away from the German Bundesliga club, his agent said Tuesday.

Takahara has been keen to leave Hamburg to get more playing time in the buildup to the World Cup finals but the club have been unable to find a suitable replacement for the former Jubilo Iwata and Boca Juniors marksman.

Takahara told reporters at the start of this year that he was fed up at his lack of action and wanted to join another German club.

“I don’t want to be sidelined like the first half of the season. I’m going to have to join some other club if things don’t change here. But I’m only thinking about staying in Germany,” he said.

Bundesliga clubs such as Arminia Bielefeld were reportedly interested in acquiring his services.

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