Arshavin: Zero chance of Zenit return

Andrey Arshavin has rubbished reports that he could soon be returning to former club Zenit St Petersburg.

The Russian international joined the Emirates Stadium outfit at the beginning of February for £15 million, and enjoyed an explosive start to his Premier League career, netting six league goals in 12 appearances, including four against Liverpool at Anfield.

However, the diminutive playmaker had recently revealed his shock and horror at the hefty amount of tax being deducted from his salary.

And the news is thought to have prompted the 28-year-old's former club - who are backed by the largest oil and gas company in the world - to plot a big-money move to lure Arshavin back to his homeland.

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However, the Russian - who has recently been training with Zenit to maintain his fitness levels - has brushed the suggestions aside.

“I do not consider it necessary to comment on," he told Sport Express. “It is just not a topic for conversation.”

"I spent a week in St Petersburg training with my former club Zenit. Everybody was quite kind to me. I cannot say that I communicated a lot with anyone just a bit with everybody.

"I hope that these trainings in my former club would be useful. In any case they were better than a week of doing nothing.

"I don’t think that the attitude of people in St Petersburg has changed when I left. As far as I can see they like me equally even though I am playing in a different team now.”

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