Zhirkov cleared to pursue move to Chelsea

Yuri Zhirkov has the blessing of his coach at CSKA Moscow to leave the club if the opportunity arises.

Yuri Zhirkov has the blessing of his coach at CSKA Moscow to leave the club if the opportunity arises.

Reports suggest that Chelsea are set to make a move for the 25-year old in summer and his coach, former Brazilian star Zico said he will not stand in his way.

"Zhirkov is a player of such high level, he would only show all his potential playing in such a strong competition as the English Premier League," he told The Sun.

"He'd easily fit into Chelsea's first-choice team. I don't like to lose him, but I won't stop his move to London."

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