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Shanghai SIPG star Odil Ahmedov has announced that he still regrets the day that he was powerless to finalise a transfer to Arsenal.
Back in 2012, the Uzbekistan skipper was close to sealing a permanent move to the North Londoners from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala during the summer window.
But, the move was halted by the Dagestan club’s billionaire chief Suleyman Kerimov.
“It’s true that Arsene Wenger wanted me to play for him. However, Anzhi spent a huge amount of money at that time, and our boss [Suleyman Kerimov] had no intention of selling me to make money.” – Ahmedov told Shanghai-based outlet Xinmin Evening News.
The 30-year-old, who beat Samuel Eto’o and Roberto Carlos to the Anzhi footballer of the Year award in 2011 before making the transfer to Krasnodar in June 2014, says that while he stays frustrated the move to London did not happen, he agrees Kerimov’s decision.
“He had a burning ambition to win the championships, so I understand his decision to halt the transfer.”
Ahmedov moved to Shanghai SIPG in December 2016 and showed instrumental in helping the CSL team finish second behind Guangzhou Evergrande last campaign.
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