Chelsea appear to have been dealt a blow in the race to sign Zenit St. Petersburg and Brazil striker Hulk.
In an interview with TMW that was quoted by talkSPORT, the player's representative - Teodoro Fonseca - claimed that the player is happy at Zenit and has an excellent contract with the club.
"Hulk has an excellent contract with Zenit and is happy in Russia," said Fonseca.
His representative also went on to claim that Hulk is thinking only about his current employers and confirmed that there had been no contact with anyone else.
"There is that he is not thinking about the future. Zenit, Zenit and only Zenit. He thinks of nothing else and has no contact with anyone. And this is certainly not the time for the market, because there is the World Cup coming up soon."
Such news will surely come as a surprise to Chelsea, with reports just this week suggesting that Hulk - who has been with the Russian outfit since making the big-money switch from Porto in 2012 - was unhappy with with the recent sacking of manager Luciano Spalletti and could be in line for a switch to either the Blues or Tottenham this summer.
Chelsea - who will look to extend their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League when they visit Aston Villa tomorrow - are widely expected to be on the hunt for a new world-class striker in summer, with £40 million-rated Hulk and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa believed to be manager Jose Mourinho's preferred targets.
However, with the latest news indeed appearing to suggest that Hulk is perfectly content with his current club, it seems that Costa might be the more likely and attainable target moving forward for the Chelsea boss.
Hulk, a Brazilian international with 33 senior caps to his name, is a proven goalscorer however, with seven goals in just nine appearances this season and Chelsea would be unwise to give up their pursuit without a fight.
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