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Hertha want Skjelbred stay

Hertha Berlin will look to make Per Ciljan Skjelbred's loan deal permanent at the end of the campaign.

The Norway international made a switch from Bundesliga rivals Hamburg last summer on a season-long agreement.

He has been a first team regular throughout his time in the capital and the possibility of keeping him on will be explored when the transfer window re-opens.

Hertha's general manager Michael Preetz told BILD: "It's a fact that we are interested in signing Per Ciljan Skjelbred on a permanent deal. We want him to stay on.

"However, we are not in talks at this point in time.

"Due to the current situation at Hamburg, we have agreed to discuss the issue at a later date."

Skjelbred added in Adresseavisen: "I am able to play with more freedom in midfield for Hertha Berlin than I was able to at Hamburg.

"I am making the most of that and already have seven assists this season.

"I would like to stay here, but I have one year left on my contract at Hamburg. I would like to know the verdict."

Meanwhile, Preetz has also been discussing the future of experienced Cameroon international Marcel Ndjeng.

The 31-year-old will not meet the criteria required this season to earn an automatic extension to his contract, but he will be offered fresh terms.

Preetz said in Kicker-Sportmagazin: "We are going to submit an offer of a new contract to Marcel Ndjeng.

"We had said that we would and we are sticking to our initial plan with regard to his future. There is no doubt about that."