Yuri Zhirkov has not had the happiest of times since he arrived at Chelsea back in 2009, highlighted by the fact that he has made just 29 appearances in the Premier League in his two years at the club. His nightmare could be over though, as he is apparently in talks with Anzhi Makhachkala back in his home country of Russia.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is desperately looking to offload a couple of players before the season starts, so he can add some new faces to his 25-man squad, and Zhirkov is thought to be one of those players.
The Russian International will be 28 later this month, and he has already stated that he wants to play regular first team football, something that he has not managed in his time with Chelsea. In a recent interview He said, “Unfortunately at Chelsea I haven’t had enough match practice in the last season. I want to play football and not sit on the bench.”
Anzhi Makhachkala are owned by Suleyman Kerimov, himself a billionaire like Roman Abramovich, and it looks as though a deal is close to
completion, but other Russian clubs like Zenit St Petersburg and Rubin Kazan have also expressed an interest in signing Zhirkov.
Chelsea will be looking to recoup most of the money they paid for Zhirkov, and £13million has already been mentioned, but whether Chelsea will get that amount remains to be seen.