Zhirkov close to returning to Russia

The wires are buzzing with anticipation that Chelsea and Russia winger, Yury Zhirkov is one step away from joining free-spending Russian Premier League side Anzhi.

The 27-year-old is reported to have visited the club’s training ground as further reports suggest he has even agreed terms on a four-year deal.

Zhirkov joined Russian-owned Chelsea from CSKA two years ago, but failed to secure a regular place in the Blues starting line-up after suffering a series of knee injuries when he first arrived.

The reported move is said to be worth around $20 million.

However, Anzhi’s management have declined to comment before any deal is actually signed.

The Dagestan side, which signed Brazil legend Roberto Carlos in February, is currently fourth in the Russian Premier League, 11 points behind runaway leaders CSKA Moscow.

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