Monaco midfielder Golovin snubbed Chelsea transfer over fears it would be ‘too hard’ at Stamford Bridge
Sept. 17, 2019
MONACO midfielder Aleksandr Golovin snubbed a move to Chelsea over fears it would be “too hard” at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old departed CSKA Moscow in summer 2018 for £27million signing a five-year deal at the Stade Louis II.
But the Russian snubbed interest from Serie A champions Juventus and Chelsea because there is a “lack of knowledge” in the Russian language.
He told Match TV: “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.
“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 am 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. Many told me the same Slutsky, Cherchesov, Goncharenko. Everyone had a different opinion.”
Golovin showcased his ability on the biggest stage of all as Russia exceeded expectations by reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2018.
He went on to make 30 appearances for Monaco last term netting three goals.
During his time in Russia the midfielder won the Premier League in 2016.
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