Thursday 9th June 2005
DIDI: ONLY ONE PLACE TO PLAY FOOTBALL
Liverpool's German midfielder Dietmar Hamann says he has agreed a new deal that will keep him at the European champions for at least another year.
The 31-year-old has played more than 250 games for Liverpool since joining from Newcastle United in 1999 and his current deal is about to expire.
Hamann helped Liverpool come from 3-0 down to win the Champions League on penalties last month, turning around the final against AC Milan after being sent on by manager Rafael Benitez as a second-half substitute.
"The gaffer said we would wait until after the final before we had a meeting and that's what we did. We came to an agreement instantly," Hamann told the Liverpool Echo on Thursday.
"I'll be here next season and hopefully for the next two years. Once Liverpool made me an offer, there was only one place I wanted to play my football."
Also a League Cup and FA Cup winner with Liverpool, Hamann has his eyes on the title in a Premier League dominated by champions Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
"It's going to be hard to challenge for the title in the next two seasons, but let's give it a go," he said. "The Premiership is the only club competition I haven't won since I joined Liverpool. I'm desperate for us to do it.
"The manager has achieved great things already by winning the Champions League and I know he's planning to bring in new players for next season.
"If we can settle quickly and everyone starts working together tactically early on, who knows what can happen?
"Who would have predicted we would win the Champions League a year ago?"
News report filed by The Editor