Russian star cleared for Blues move

CSKA Moscow coach Zico has revealed he will not stand in the way of Yuri Zhirkov leaving the club, should Chelsea attempt to sign him in the summer.

The versatile left-sided Russian international was recently named No.50 in FourFourTwo's 2008 Best Players in the World list, and saw his effort against Hamburg named the best goal of the 2006/07 Champions League by UEFA magazine Goal.

And after netting against Aston Villa in the UEFA Cup a fortnight ago, he has been linked with a £15 million move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, with temporary coach Guus Hiddink believed to have recommended the 25-year-old to, owner, Roman Abramovich.

Ex-Brazil international Zico - now in charge of CSKA - says he would not deny Zhirkov the opportunity to play his trade in the Premier League, saying he would be a success abroad.

"Zhirkov is a player of such high level, he would only show all his potential playing in such a strong competition as the English Premier League," he told The Sun. "He'd easily fit into Chelsea's first-choice team. I don't like to lose him, but I won't stop his move to London."

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