Israeli international midfielder Haim Revivo will not be joining Hamburg SV, as the player and the German first division club failed to agree on terms.
Revivo, 30, came to Hamburg after his Fenerbahce side had approved his request to leave the Istanbul club, and he initially looked set to join the 1983 European champions.
"We really would have liked to have him and we offered him what we could, but the difference between what we could do and what he was asking for was too big," Hamburg sports director Dietmar Beiersdorfer said yesterday.
The difference between Revivo's demands and Hamburg's willingness to pay is between $200,000 and $250,000, and the player, who is currently in London, informed Beiersdorfer that he was not planning to compromise.
But the financial differences appear to be only part of the reason why the deal fell through: Hamburg's Iranian international, Mahdi Mahdvikia, warned his club that his standing in his national team could suffer if he were forced to play alongside an Israeli.
In addition, Hamburg officials are said to have been leery of the security costs that protecting their Israeli star might entail.
While Revivo is currently not negotiating with any club, his options appear to be either a return to Fenerbahce or signing for an English or Spanish outfit.
Mizrahi substitutes for Sinai
The national under-21 team opened its training camp at Kibbutz Shefayim yesterday under the guidance of Yossi Mizrahi.
Mizrahi, the assistant to national coach Avraham Grant, is filling in for Moshe Sinai, who was suspended last week after it was discovered that he had not completed his obligations to Wingate Institute for his coaching diploma.
Sinai began organizing his studies at Wingate yesterday, and on the short drive back to Tel Aviv, he stopped off at Shefayim to watch his charges in training. Mizrahi said that the sessions had been organized with the full cooperation of Sinai, whom he expected to regain his job soon.
Sinai was also confident and said it could be as soon as next week."I will pass the exam, I've done many things in my career, it will probably be next week, I won't have any problem taking it," he said as he watched his players.
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