According to a report in Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the Russian Football Association is considering approaching Rubin Kazan coach Kurban Berdyev for the vacant position of national team coach.
The Russians are in the market for a new coach due to the departure of Guus Hiddink at the end of his current contract on June 30. Current Belgium coach Dick Advocaat was previously linked with the post, but the Dutchman didn't waste any time on denying any such rumours.
Sergey Fursenko, president of the Russian FA, has therefore turned his attention elsewhere and Fursenko supposedly sees the 57-year-old Berdyev as the perfect candidate to replace Hiddink.
Berdyev started his coaching career in 1986 and has plenty of experience. He has been in charge of Rubin Kazan since 2001 and led them to two consecutive Russian league titles.
It's not yet known whether Berdyev is interested in leaving his position at Rubin Kazan for the job as head coach of Russia's national side.