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Zhirkov admits Chelsea departure now likely

Chelsea wing-back Yury Zhirkov admits he could return to Russia next season.

Zenit St Petersburg are desperate to land the versatile left winger, but there is also interest from Rubin Kazan and the 27-year-old's former club CSKA Moscow.

Zhirkov has been dogged by injuries since Chelsea signed him from CSKA for £18million two years ago and started just six Barclays Premier League games this season.

"Unfortunately at Chelsea I haven't had enough match practice in the last season," he said. "I want to play football and not sit on the bench.

"I can't say anything more on the subject. We'll see how everything goes. There's not point ruling out a return to Russia."

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