Chelsea's Yuri Zhirkov hints at return to Russia: It should not be excluded

Winger laments lack of regular football at Stamford Bridge and feels he may have to in order to find first team football, with his homeland the likeliest destination

Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov has admitted that a return to Russia is not out of the question having failed to hold down a regular first team spot with the Blues last season.

The winger signed for Chelsea in 2009 for £18 million from CSKA Moscow but has made only 22 appearances for the club this season and is keen to play football.

The Russian international admits that a move to his homeland could happen.

Well, such a possibility shouldn’t be excluded," he told

“I have no particular proposals. And in general, there’s no point in talking about that yet.”

The 27-year-old stated that he did not want to leave Chelsea but feels he may have to move away as he chases first team football.

He added: “I am a player of Chelsea FC and I speak about my possible return to Russia only because of my strong desire to be on the field. Unfortunately, I did not have enough playing practice at Chelsea.

“I just want to play football, not sit on the bench, that’s why the thoughts about a return occur to me. Now I can’t add anything to this. We’ll see how where it all comes in the end."

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