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City news, 03.07.2008 07:35

Arshavin says he is ready to leave Zenit

Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin said on Wednesday that he wishes to leave UEFA Cup winners Zenit St Petersburg.

"I would like to move to another club," Arshavin told journalists, after Russia's national team met with President Dmitry Medvedev at the state country residence near Moscow.

Arshavin became a revelation at Euro 2008 where his creativity helped Russia reach the semi-finals where they lost to eventual winners Spain.

Local media quoted a Zenit official as saying Barcelona had made a bid for the Russian last week but Arshavin, a self-confessed fan of the Catalan club, remained coy as to where his future lay.

"It's hard for me to say, it depends on a lot of things. So far, there's nothing concrete," he said.

The 27-year-old, Russia's player of the year, missed the country's opening two Euro 2008 games following a suspension but sparked their next two victories, including a quarter-final win over Netherlands.

News source: Reuters

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