Zenit midfielder Shirokov reveals desire to play in the Premier League

The 31-year-old has been one of the star players in Russian football over the past few seasons, and admits that he would like the chance to test his ability in England

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Roman Shirokov has admitted that he would like to experience a new challenge before his playing days are over, and has set his sights on a move to the Premier League.

The 31-year-old has been one of the most impressive performers for club and country over the past couple of years, grabbing five goals from midfield during his side’s Champions League campaign this season and leading the scoring charts for the national team in 2012 with six strikes.

And Shirokov believes he still has the required quality to perform in one of Europe’s top league, with his preference England.

"I think I have a few years left so I would like to try myself in a top league abroad," the 31-year-old told reporters.

"If it was up to me I'd prefer England. I don't think top clubs there would take me but I wouldn't mind joining any team from number five to 10. I think that would suit me perfectly.

"I don't know if I would change clubs over the summer but my agents are working on it and if something suitable would come up, then I'd like to try it."

High-profile compatriots such as Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin, former Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov and ex-Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko have all struggled to make an impact in the English top flight recently, but that has not deterred the midfielder.

"It's about time someone should finally make it there," insisted Shirokov, who was on the scoresheet for Russia in the 2-0 friendly win over Iceland on Wednesday.

Asked if he had discussed the Premier League with former Zenit team-mate Arshavin, Shirokov said: "We weren't that close when he played for Zenit so I haven't spoken to him for a while, but I'm sure I would come to visit him if I end up playing in London."