Brazil forward Hulk has revealed that he turned down the chance to join Chelsea and Real Madrid as he sees no point in leaving current club Zenit St. Petersburg.
Further clarifying comments made at the back end of last month, when he admitted that he didn’t want to move to either Stamford Bridge or the Santiago Bernabeu because there was no guarantees he would play, the Zenit star insisted that he knew of interest from both the aforementioned parties.
The 28-year-old left FC Porto in 2012 to move to the Russian league, despite the fact that he was wanted by a number of top clubs on the continent. Since then he’s become a vital player for Zenit and, though a transfer to a bigger side has never been far away from the gossip columns, he’s remained loyal.
It would seem that the player himself was acutely aware of the fact that both Chelsea and Real - two sides that many stars find it irresistible to turn down - were interested in signing him at one point of another but, as Hulk confirmed, he had no intention of moving sides.
"I see no reason for a possible move to Real Madrid or Chelsea," Hulk told sources on the continent.
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"I know these clubs showed interest in me, but here there's no risk."
"I know these clubs showed interest in me, but here there's no risk"
Now sitting firmly in his prime years that might change in the near future, what with Zenit struggling to pose a major threat to any of Europe’s top clubs. Unless Hulk wants to be remembered as a nearly-man he’d do well to move to a league of more repute than the Russian Premier League, though the time when he could command a large chunk of Chelsea or Real’s transfer kitty may have passed.
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Neither side is in need of the services of a powerful forward at this moment in time, with the Blues having only lost one game this term - at the weekend to Newcastle United - and Los Blancos currently sweeping aside all before them as they bid to become the first team to retain the Champions League crown.
One thing that could potentially be a deciding factor in whether Hulk goes back on his word with regards to his plans of ever leaving the club is Zenit’s participation in that tournament. The Russian side face mega-rich AS Monaco tonight in a qualification decider, knowing that nothing but a win will see them through to the knockout stages.