Crystal Palace target Petrescu not leaving Moscow, says Dynamo chief

The former Chelsea defender is a front-runner to succeed Ian Holloway but the club's vice-president has denied he will leave and insists he is happy in the Russian capital
Dynamo Moscow manager Dan Petrescu will not be leaving the club to fill the vacant position at Crystal Palace, according to the Russian outfit's vice-president.

The 45-year-old is thought to amongst the favourites to take over the reins at Selhurst Park after Ian Holloway left the south London club by mutual consent at the end of October.

However, Dynamo’s vice president, Gennady Solovev, has claimed the former Chelsea right-back is unaware of links to London and is not contemplating leaving the Russian side.

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"Dan works for Dynamo," he told "It has been repeatedly said that he needed time in this role and Dan is not talking about leaving. He's not torn.

"He’s an honest man and there is nothing to hide. From talking to him about these rumours he does not understand himself where they come from.

"Dan is used to solving large problems and winning. He works from morning to night and if you give him a greater task he will be only too pleased. Dan sets his own targets."

Petrescu is thought to be displeased with the activities of Guram Ajo, the club’s Sporting Director, who trains with the players and offers tactical advise, however Solovev played down the suggestions.

"Ajo can train," he continued. "If I come to training, I run a little, it does not mean that I am part of the training process. Guram is involved in the business side.

"Boris Rotenberg [the chairman] meets Petrescu after the games. In general, there is no question about the links, they are just meant to spook Petrescu by linking him to different clubs."