Yury Zhirkov has recently gone on record stating his intent to play regular football. The Russian winger claimed he is unhappy with the opportunities at Chelsea. Zhirkov’s time at Chelsea has seen him endure a series of injuries.
And the £18m signing has started only six games this season.
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This will be a blow to Chelsea who risk losing a versatile player who is also capable of filling in for Ashley Cole at left-back. And with no signs of a new manager yet it will be even harder to try and persuade the 27-year-old to stay another year at the Bridge.