Chelsea and Tottenham target happy in Russia

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Chelsea and Tottenham target Hulk has claimed that he is happy in Russia despite constant speculation linking him with a switch away from current club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Hulk - real name Givanildo Vieira de Souza - who arrived at Petrovsky Stadium from Portuguese champions FC Porto in September 2012, has endured a somewhat controversial spell in the Russian Premier League and was expected to leave Zenit during the summer.

Premier League duo Chelsea and Tottenham, with the latter spending heavily in light of Gareth Bale's world-record departure to Real Madrid, were both rumoured to be interested in signing the Brazilian international, but the transfer window closed with Hulk still a Zenit player.

And despite Hulk, who has earned 27 senior caps for his country, making no secret of his desire to further his career at a bigger club, the 27-year-old has insisted that he is currently happy at Zenit. 

"I feel free in myself here," he told the Zenit Press Service in an interview that was quoted by Sky Sports.

"We can walk in the local parks with my wife and children without any kind of pressure from journalists or football fans. There are Brazilian restaurants here, but we also enjoy Russian cuisine.

"The only thing which caused me some discomfort was the cold weather in winter. But the city looks beautiful in winter when everything is covered with snow," he added.

Zenit, who finished runners-up to eventual champions CSKA Moscow last season, are currently second in the league with only a slightly inferior goal difference separating them from leaders Spartak Moscow after nine games.

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