Brazil star Hulk has confirmed that he’s been linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid in the past but there’s ‘no use joining’ a club like that only to not play regular football.
Speaking to Globoesporte as reported by A Bola in Portugal, the former Porto forward acknowledged there had been enquires from top European clubs in the past.
But rather than join a team like Chelsea or Real Madrid, and Chelsea were heavily linked with the Brazilian striker when he was at Porto, he opted to sign for Zenit St Petersburg instead.
“Of course I know that some clubs command more attention than others, but the important thing is I’m happy.
“There’s no use going to Real Madrid or Chelsea and then lacking opportunities to play. Whether it is a big club or not, I know there are clubs that will always have their eyes on me.”
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The 28-year-old has an excellent record over the last six years, scoring 54 league goals in 99 appearances for Porto and 32 in 56 games for Zenit since signing for the Russian club in 2012.
When Chelsea were linked with Zenit they were managed by former-Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas, and the Portuguese boss was thought to be keen to sign the forward when he was at Tottenham as well after leaving Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas has finally got him back under his control though, as he now manages him at Zenit in Russia.