Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been a name hardly mentioned in the German media in recent weeks, which has been somewhat surprising.

With Hamburg’s first ever relegation confirmed, the club have been planning for the Bundesliga 2 and throughout the last season it was insisted they couldn’t have Lasogga as part of their future.

The player’s high wages were one of the motivations behind forcing him out of HSV and to a loan at Leeds United, and for a long time it was hoped in Germany, and even assumed, that he’d be staying at Elland Road beyond this summer.

Interest from English clubs has been referenced repeatedly as it became clearer Leeds United were unlikely to sign Lasogga permanently, but those clubs have never been named.

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With a lack of any concrete opportunities at the moment, and his Leeds loan over, Lasogga will return to Hamburg and has a year left on his contract with the club, and no clause to reduce his €3.4m salary.

Trying to find out his plans, Bild have spoken to the striker: “I am a player of HSV, have one more year contract. That’s why I’m currently assuming that I’ll be in Hamburg at the start of the training. HSV does not belong in the second league, everyone knows that. I wish that this huge club can go up straightaway. That’s what the fans deserve. If I can help with goals – gladly!”

Bild say it’s ‘hard to imagine’ Hamburg will want to keep a player who, as it stands, would cost more than 10% of their budget for next season.