Hamburger SV signed Italy Under-19 midfielder Jacopo Sala from Chelsea to a three-year contract on Friday.

''Jacopo is a player for the future,'' new Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen told the club's website.

Sala said Hamburg was a ''big opportunity.''

''I want to develop as quickly as possible, to emerge for Hamburg in the Bundesliga,'' the Italian added. ''That would be fantastic because this club is something special. Hamburg is known everywhere, regardless of whether you're in Italy or England.''

Sala emerged from Atalanta Bergamo's youth system before making the switch to England at 15. He played on the right of midfield for Chelsea's reserve side last season.

''He has played through all the Italian youth teams and possesses outstanding physical and technical abilities,'' said Arnesen, who took over at Hamburg after deciding not to renew his contract with Chelsea.

It is the second transfer Arnesen has negotiated with his former club following the signing of England youth team international Michael Mancienne on Tuesday.