Blues talk mystifies Zhirkov

03 June 2009 08:38
CSKA Moscow winger Yuri Zhirkov has admitted he has been surprised by reports linking him with a summer transfer to Chelsea. The 25-year-old Russia international had reportedly agreed a deal with Carlo Ancelotti's team but insists that is not the case. "I honestly know as much about it as everyone else," he told Sport Express. "I read the papers, listen to the radio and I am genuinely surprised, given that no actual offer from Chelsea exists. "Clearly we are talking about one of the best clubs in the world, who regularly compete at the highest level. It is very possible that I would say yes. "But before that I would have to weigh up the pros and cons. To sit on the bench and only get on the pitch from time to time doesn't interest me, not even at Chelsea. "Moreover, I have nothing to lose, given that CSKA now have a very interesting team who will begin competing in the Champions League in the autumn." Zhirkov was a member of CSKA's 2005 UEFA Cup winning side and has also gained plenty of Champions League experience with the Russian club, including a spectacular goal against Hamburg in the 2006-07 campaign. Known as the 'Russian Ronaldinho' for his dribbling skills and audacity, he made his international debut in 2005 and often starts on the left wing in a 3-5-2 formation for Guus Hiddink's side. He played in both the Euro 2008 qualifiers against England and started all five of his country's games at last summer's tournament.

Source: ESA