Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk says he is enjoying life at the club after scoring in the 4-2 win over Spartak Moscow.
The former Porto man moved to Russia for a reported 55 million euros in the off-season and had admitted to struggling to deal with the pressure of justifying that price tag.
But Hulk feels he is now beginning to get back to his best after scoring the opener in their important win on Friday.
“It was really nice for me to take part in a derby match like that,” he told reporters.
“I was especially happy to score. It was really important to me to help the team, so I’m really satisfied.”
The Brazil international played as a lone striker in the victory, which saw Spartak reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Nicolas Pareja and Juan Insaurralde.
He said he was happy to play in any number of positions.
“If I play on the wing, that’
s great, and if I play in the centre that’s excellent. I just enjoy playing football, and I do everything to help the team,” Hulk said.
Hulk also spoke about Luiz Felipe Scolari’s recent appointment as Brazil coach and said he would continue giving his all for club and country.
“He is known around the world as a great coach who has already won the World Cup. Not much changes for me though,” he said.
“I will continue to play at my best for my club, and will try everything to make the national team, giving my all in every match.”