Zhirk off? Chelsea's Yuri emerges as loan target for Dynamo Kiev

04 February 2010 02:51
Dynamo Kiev are considering a loan move for Chelsea wide man Yuri Zhirkov. [LNB]The Russia international was the Blues marquee signing when he joined from CSKA Moscow for £18million in the summer.[LNB] But injuries have hampered his development at Stamford Bridge, where he has managed just six Premier League appearances. [LNB] Squeezed out: Yuri Zhirkov (right) has found his first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge limited behind Ashely Cole and Florent Malouda[LNB]Old pals: Dynamo boss Valery Gazzaev was Zhirkov's mentor at CSKA Moscow, the Russian's former club[LNB]The 26-year-old warned before making the switch that he would not be happy to be a bit-part player for the Blues, though he has been patient and positive while battling unexplained swelling in both his knees since moving to England. [LNB]Zhirkov started Chelsea's last two games, but assistant boss Ray Wilkins recently admitted he was behind Ashley Cole - 'the best left-back in the world' - while Florent Malouda is preferred on the left wing. [LNB]A recent audition in central midfield is likely to be short-lived once Michael Essien and John Mikel Obi return, so Kiev are ready to chance their arm. [LNB]The Ukrainian League leaders can still do business as their championship does not resume until the end of the month. [LNB]Kiev's Russian boss Valery Gazzaev nurtured Zhirkov at CSKA and would be keen to sign him for the rest of the season. [LNB] Guus puts Liverpool on alert as Russia boss looks for Premier League returnSHOWDOWN! Fabio Capello flies in for summit with John TerryLEO'S LONDON: Battle of Stamford Bridge could prove Arsenal's last stand against Chelsea's capital gainsCHELSEA FC

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