Hulk 'happy' at Zenit - Did Chelsea even approach him?

Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk has come out publicly to state he is ‘happy’ in Russia and intends to stay, despite being heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.

The 26-year-old Brazilian forward moved last year from after 4 years at Porto to Zenit for £52 million where he scored 11 goals and made 8 assists in all competitions this term.

Hulk has been linked several times in the past with Chelsea but it was thought that with the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge the move could finally come to fruition.

Meanwhile, the Blues have been heavily linked with a bid for Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani – according to which tabloid you read Chelsea have either bid £49 million, bid £52 million, have agreed terms with him or have withdrawn their interest.

However, Hulk’s admission that he is ‘happy’ at Zenit suggests there are no offers in the pipeline for him and, considering he and Cavani were reportedly Mourinho’s top striker targets this summer, Hulk’s sudden turn-around on his future is a bit of a surprise.

"Those approaches [by other clubs] do exist," Hulk told TV Paraiba.

"There are clubs interested in me but if I am to move, it has to be to a better place, with a better team in a better competition."

Breaking this statement down, one would assume there were indeed approaches made by others clubs but one would also imagine that Chelsea probably weren’t one of the clubs approaching him.

Last year’s Champions League winners and this year’s Europa League winners are one of the biggest clubs on the continent and they now once again have the best manager in the sport.

Apart from that the English Premier League is one of the most fiercely competitive and intense leagues around, not to mention one of the most popular, watched around the globe by millions every weekend.

I think it’s safe to assume Hulk’s telling the truth in this instance – why would he lie that he’s had no ‘big’ offers? Unless, of course, Chelsea were interested in him and have now withdrawn their interest for some reason. It would have to be a pretty big reason, maybe even a £52 million reason.

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