Talented Russia star explains factors around Chelsea transfer miss

Date published: Tuesday 17th September 2019 1:13 - James Marshment

Monaco star Aleksandr Golovin has lifted the lid on why a transfer to Chelsea didn’t materialise last summer, despite persistent links.

The highly-rated Russia World Cup star signed for the Ligue 1 giants on a five-year deal in summer 2018 after an undisclosed fee – believed to be around €30million – was agreed with CSKA Moscow.

Golovin scored four times in 35 appearances during his maiden campaign with the Principality club and many felt he would have been a shrewd addition for the Blues, as well as Italian champions Juventus, who were also strongly linked with the player at the time.

The 23-year-old, however, has now finally come clean on why he didn’t join Chelsea, suggesting in a Q&A session that he felt a move of that magnitude would have come too soon in his career.

“Why didn’t I move to Juventus or Chelsea? I thought it would be hard for me now in a team like Chelsea or Juventus,” Golovin told Match TV.

“For me it’s the grandees of football. Probably, if I were a football player from Europe, the transition would have been easier. And since I from Russia, in a big club the situation would be complicated by the lack of knowledge of the language. I did not consult anyone making this choice.”

One Chelsea favourite, meanwhile, has been named by Gary Neville as one of three dream signings for Manchester United.


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