Holtby extends Hamburg contract despite relegation
Hamburg have announced midfielder Lewis Holtby has signed a new one-year deal.
The midfielder's contract was set to expire at the end of the season but he has agreed to remain loyal to Hamburg, despite the club's relegation.
Hamburg's reign as the only team to have never been relegated from the Bundesliga ended in ugly scenes earlier this month, despite a 2-1 home triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Victory on the final day of the campaign was not enough to preserve their top-flight status, leading to fans hurling flares onto the pitch.
Holtby, though, has decided to stay at Hamburg – who only survived via the relegation play-offs in 2014 and 2015 - in the second tier under coach Christian Titz.
"The last few weeks have been hard, but we have grown closer to our fans," Holtby said. "I have lived this club with lots of emotions in the past four years and I will continue to do that.
"Now I want to prepare for the new season with full motivation. I'm happy that it all worked out with the new contract."
HSV squad planner Johannes Spors: "This is a wonderful statement from Lewis, who feels greatly attached to HSV. He and the club have shared so many emotional moments together, they just fit well together." #nurderHSV pic.twitter.com/MJ1P0qwf8N
— HSV English (@HSV_English) May 24, 2018
Holtby has won three Germany caps but last represented his country in November 2012.