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Zhirkov prepared to leave Chelsea

Yuri Zhirkov admits he will leave Chelsea if he is not given first team action with the club.

The Russian winger has struggled to force his way into the Blues line-up since joining from CSKA Moscow a year ago and says he will be forced to leave Stamford Bridge if that doesn't change.

"I'll certainly get a chance in the next few months and I'll try to use it," he said.

"Then, in the winter, everything will probably depend on whether I get a chance and how I use it.

"Chelsea are currently in brilliant form and getting past Florent Malouda and (Ashley) Cole is the problem.

"You can be on the bench for a long time. But I will definitely get a chance. You want to be on the pitch to help."

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