Russian striker Alexander Kerzhakov admits he hopes to leave the club in search of first team football at the earliest opportunity.
The 32-year-old has been surprisingly relegated to the reserves at the start of the new season and he has been informed he is not in the plans of coach Andre Villas-Boas for the 2015/2016 season.
Kerzhakov has, therefore, failed to make a single league appearance for Zenit this term and he was in turn asked to consider retiring from football by club chairman Alexey Miller.
However, the experienced forward claims he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet and he has been offered a chance to leave Russia altogether in the upcoming transfer window.
“I confirmed that I was not ready to end my playing days and that I wanted to extend my career as a professional footballer,” Kerzhakov told Izvestia.
“Until January, I will train to be at 100%. In the current situation, the best option is to be loaned out, to get match practice. The option the club offered me is to be loaned abroad.”
Alexander Kerzhakov is Russia’s all-time top scorer with 30 goals in 90 appearances for the national team, while he is second goalscorer in the history of Russian Premier League. His only spell away from Russia saw him score 8 goals in 26 La Liga outings for Sevilla.