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Zenit St Petersburg's Portuguese international Danny has revealed that he received an offer from Chelsea before suffering a long-term injury.

The attacking midfielder, whom Zenit signed for a Russian record £25million from Dynamo Moscow last summer, has impressed with his performances in Russia and Europe, and was rewarded with a first call-up to the Portugal squad in August 2008.

However, a ruptured knee ligament injury suffered in training is estimated to have put him out for six months.

And Danny revealed to the Portuguese newspaper Record that, had he remained fit, offers were on the table from some of Europe's biggest sides, including Chelsea.

"This has all happened at a time when other European leagues were coming to an end in a few weeks," he told the newspaper.

"And I incidentally had an offer from Chelsea, and the probability of a transfer to England was very high."

The player has returned to Portugal for an operation on his knee, and any talk of a transfer has had to be put on hold.

"We have to wait and see what happens next. At Chelsea they know me as a player very well, but all will depend on how my operation goes," he said.

"At the moment I have a different [goal]: to recover 100 per cent."

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Danny Miguel - Zenit to Chelsea?

Portugal playmaker Danny hopes to prove Chelsea he is still worth a £25million move after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury.

The 26-year-old insists he was on the verge of a mega-move to Stamford Bridge before rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while training with Zenit St Petersburg 10 months ago.

Danny is set to play his first competitive match since returning to fitness when Zenit kick off their Russian Premier League season at Krylya Sovetov on Saturday, and expects Chelsea scouts to keep tabs on him.

'The injury made it a very difficult time for me,' he said recently. 'It prevented my transfer to Chelsea, for example, and even before the injury, I nearly went to Juventus.

'But I understand their position. They have to think twice before hiring a player who has an injury.'

Zenit will seek to recoup the huge fee of about £25m, which they paid for Danny when making him their replacement for Arsenal-bound Andrey Arshavin in August 2008.


Source:- The Daily Mail

Date Posted:- 11th March 2010


Too injury prone for my liking, but it seems like he's a decent player. Though 5 goals in 18 appearances for Zenit isn't all that impressive.

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