Hulk doubts over Zenit future

Hulk has admitted he could leave Zenit St Petersburg when the transfer window reopens if his relationship with Luciano Spalletti does not improve.

Last Updated: 05/12/12 at 11:35 Post Comment

The Brazilian striker joined Zenit in a mega-money move from Porto in the summer but has struggled to find his best form and did not shake hands with Zenit boss Spalletti as he was substituted during Tuesday's Champions League match against AC Milan.

He later revealed that he may have to consider his future in January, with a number of clubs in Italy reported to be interested.

"I feel well in St Petersburg, my family is happy and my son, too," he told Mediaset Premium Calcio.

"But if the situation with Luciano Spalletti doesn't improve, I might leave in January. I don't know if Italy will be my destination, but anything can happen."

Spalletti responded to Hulk's comments by insisting he has the right to make changes if a player is not performing.

"He can say what he wants," said Spalletti. "He can be disappointed, but if I substitute him it is because I am not satisfied with his performance.

"Has he said he wants to go? I don't know what to do about that. I'm staying here."

Spalletti has a contract with Zenit until 2015 and is paying no attention to rumours linking him with AC Milan, although he admits he would love to manage in the Premier League one day.

"I still have a great desire to work in Russia. I have extended my contract with Zenit and I'm in tune with the president," he explained.

"Me to AC Milan? Now I'm too old for it. But I would like another experience abroad, maybe in the Premier League."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Copa del Rey: Luis Enrqique says Neymar had to be substituted against Atletico Madrid to prevent injury

Luis Enrique says he had to substitute Neymar to prevent him from being injured in an ugly cup tie with Atletico.

Capital One Cup: Nigel Clough praises battling Sheffield United after Tottenham reach final

Nigel Clough was left to ponder what might have been after Spurs dashed Sheffield United's Capital One Cup final dreams.

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company