LONDON - Russia international Yuri Zhirkov completed his move from CSKA Moscow to Chelsea on Tuesday, the English FA Cup holders said on their website. "Any footballer would be happy to sign a contract with Chelsea, and at any time," the 25-year-old said after signing a three-year deal with the Premier League club. "I have been received very well here and have been shown the base at the Cobham training ground, everything is super". Zhirkov, who has played 31 times for Russia, was one of the 30 nominees for last year's European Footballer of the Year award and was named Russia's 2008 Footballer of the Year. He joined a growing band of compatriots in London with international team mate Roman Pavlyuchenko at Tottenham Hotspur and Andrei Arshavin at Arsenal. Chelsea's owner is Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, while Zhirkov has won the majority of his Russian caps under coach Guus Hiddink, who was Chelsea's temporary coach for the second half of last season. Zhirkov, a left-sided player who usually performs as an attacking midfielder but can also operate as a winger or full-back, scored 15 goals in 139 appearances for CSKA. He made his full international debut in February 2005 against Italy and was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament following Euro 2008 when Russia reached the semi-finals. NEWS: Zhirkov ignores Abramovich advice NEWS: Zhirkov deal still not done NEWS: Chelsea step up Zhirkov interest NEWS: Zhirkov: I want to sign for Barcelona NEWS: Zhirkov: I know nothing of Chelsea deal 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
7 July 2009
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