CSKA Moscow full-back Yuri Zhirkov has denied reports that he has agreed to join Chelsea. The 25-year-old has long been linked with a move to the Roman Abramovich-owned Blues during the close-season, with former coach Guus Hiddink reported to have instructed the Russian to splash out on the player to boost the Stamford Bridge side's squad. Liverpool chief Rafael Benitez was also thought to be pondering a move for the highly-rated left-sided player - dubbed the 'Russian Ronaldinho' - who impressed in Russia's run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008. While Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin recommended his fellow countryman to the Gunners, whose fans are hopeful of several experienced heads arriving at the Emirates Stadium this summer to compliment a squad awash with talented starlets. However, Zhrikov has insisted that he is unaware of a deal involving Chelsea or any other club for his services. "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." NEWS: Chelsea closing in on Zhirkov NEWS: Arshavin - Arsenal should sign Russian Ronaldinho CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Kerry Dixon, Guus Hiddink One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Celebrity fans Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Ruud Gullit on Weekend Wonders and Chelsea on Talentspotter
3 June 2009
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