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Pavlyuchenko: I owe Tottenham move to Hiddink

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is unhappy seeing Guus Hiddink leave the Russia job.

Pavlyuchenko credits the third-place finish at Euro 2008 under Hiddink as the reason he got the opportunity to play abroad.

"Guus leaving is a great loss for the Russian football," the striker told Sport Express. "By and large it is he who made Europe watch our national team and our players, giving us the chance to play in the leading European championships.

"We had a wonderful team and its main feature was wonderful atmosphere. And now the national team will be different, I hope I will not be worse only better.

"He is an excellent coach and a good person and such a combination is rare. Probably I will think of the time I worked with the Dutch as the best moments of my career."

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