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Agent claims Premiership interest in Zenit star

A number of Premier League clubs are keeping close tabs on Zenit midfielder Roman Shirokov, according to the player’s representative.

Russia’s Player of the Year 2012 continues to prove his worth on both club and international level and is being heavily tipped to move to the English Premier League next summer.

Shirokov’s representative Arsen Minasov has moved to confirm reports linking the highly rated midfielder with a switch to England.

“There really is interest in Roman from English clubs,” Minasov told Russian newspaper Sport Express.

“And we are talking about leading teams – those who either play in the Champions League or are trying to quality for the tournament.”

Roman Shirokov began his professional career at CSKA Moscow, but largely struggled to prove his worth over the next five or six years, while featuring for Russia’s lower division sides.

A breakthrough season at Khimki earned him a lucrative move to Zenit and the rest is history.

During the last few years, Shirokov has developed into a key player for both club and country, and he finally seems ready for a new challenge.

Since joining Zenit in 2008, the 31-year-old has made 110 Russian Premier League appearances for the club, and scored 23 goals.

Fri 8 February, 2013
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