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Hiddink insists Man Utd target Akinfeev good enough

Russia coach Guus Hiddink insists CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is good enough to compete at the very top.

Manchester United are keen on Akinfeev, but at 6ft 1in, his lack of height could be problematic and there are criticisms that he is not physically imposing enough in the box.

Hiddink this week dismissed concerns and believes the man he trusts between the posts is ready to make the step up.

"From an early age, Igor has been the main goalkeeper at CSKA," said the Russia boss. "He is ambitious enough to look beyond his own nose.

"In the future - perhaps the near future - for his career and personal growth, it would be nice for Akinfeev to move to one of Europe's top clubs. For me it is obvious.

"I don't want to make predictions, but he is ready to move now. Igor is a very smart, intelligent and responsible young man and - more importantly - extremely talented. In order to develop your talent, sometimes you need a new challenge."

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