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  • Vito Vito Jan 21, 2012 16:23 Flag

    Zhirkov Blows the Lid on Chelsea Player Abuse

    "Then I had offers from both Chelsea and Bayern, and I wanted Bayern," Zhirkov, who moved to Stamford Bridge from CSKA Moscow for a reported 18 million pound ($29.2 million) fee in July 2009, was quoted as saying by Anzhi's website (www.fc-anji.ru).

    "(It was) because (former CSKA team mate and friend) Ivica Olic was already playing for Bayern and in general I like Germany more than England. But in the end I was sold to Chelsea."

    "Psychologically I also feel much better in Russia because at Chelsea I had problems," he said. "For example, I would play 10 matches in a row, then Lampard would return from an injury and right away I would find myself seating on the bench.
    "If you played well or badly it made no difference. It's not that I was offended but I just wanted to know why this was happening."

    Zhirkov also said he had felt very lonely in London and accused Chelsea of not helping him to obtain a visa for his wife. "Why didn't they help me with the visa? I don't know. Maybe on purpose."


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