Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun has confirmed that Tottenham had been amongst a number of golf equipment that supplied to purchase him throughout the summer season.
Azmoun additionally named Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and Lyon, however claims that Zenit blocked all bids that got here in for him. Now the prolific Iranian star plans to depart the Russian champions as a free agent when his contract expires subsequent 12 months as an alternative.
Here’s a take a look at every thing you might want to learn about Azmoun …
Azmoun moved to Russia when he was 17 / Epsilon / Getty Images
Azmoun was born and raised in northern Iran close to the border with Turkmenistan – he speaks fluent Turkmen as properly as Persian – but it surely was in Russia that his skilled soccer profession took off.
The ahead had been on the Iranian membership Sepahan after going by means of the youth ranks there because the age of 15, however by no means made a primary staff sport. His productive kind for Iran’s U20 staff took him to worldwide prominence and Rubin Kazan signed underneath a 17-year-old Azmoun in 2013.
Now 26, he has remained in Russia ever since. He moved from Kazan to Rostov in 2015, initially on mortgage, earlier than returning to his former membership simply over two years later. His transfer to Zenit got here in February 2019 and has gained three Russian Premier League titles and a Russian cup thus far.
Azmoun has been productive for Zenit since 2019 / MB Media / Getty Images
Although he had a decent objective document for Rostov and usually scored targets at worldwide degree, each as a junior and senior participant, Azmoun was by no means productive at membership degree till he moved to Zenit.
He had simply turned 24 when he arrived in St. Petersburg and instantly hit the bottom and made 9 appearances in 12 league matches throughout the final months of the 2018/19 marketing campaign. He made one other 17 on 28 the next season after which rose to 19 on 24 final.
As early as 2021/22, Azmoun has 5 targets in six league matches.
This season will probably be his fourth within the Champions League and he’ll face Chelsea and Juventus within the group stage in the approaching weeks and months.
Azmoun was known as ” Iranian Messi ” early in his profession / SAMUEL KUBANI / Getty Images
From a younger age, Azmoun was known as ‘Iranian Messi’ by the media.
Although he had a really completely different bodily place than the Argentine legend, who stood over six meters tall, his velocity, end and motion drew comparisons.
It was not the primary time a participant was named his nation’s model of Messi. Ryan Gauld, for instance, grew to become ‘Scottish Messi’.
Azmoun was additionally in comparison with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his youth.
Azmoun retired shortly from International Football 2018 / Clive Mason / Getty Images
Azmoun was 19 years previous when he made his worldwide senior debut in 2014 and barely missed going to the World Cup that summer season. He quickly grew to become a productive level from 2015 onwards, and netted 11 instances to push his nation to the 2018 World Cup.
He performed 90 minutes in all three of Iran’s matches on the match however failed to seek out the online and was the topic of intense criticism at house. He blamed the stress and stress for making his mom in poor health and introduced that he was leaving worldwide soccer at simply 23.
The retirement lasted solely a short while and he performed again for Iran inside just a few months. Azmoun has since taken his worldwide objective to 37 in only 56 video games.
Ali Daei is a legend in Iran after scoring 109 worldwide targets / BEHROUZ MEHRI / Getty Images
Until not too long ago, he misplaced his document to Cristiano Ronaldo, the Iranian legend Ali Daei was essentially the most scored male footballer ever – and he remains to be Iran’s main scorer at a distance.
It is just pure that Azmoun has been in comparison with Daei and the 26-year-old is already fifth on the record of all objective scorers in Iran. He can also be the one participant in the highest 10 with a mean of targets per sport, even at a distance similar to the retired nationwide hero.
Azmoun will quickly overtake former Bayern Munich sport maker Ali Karimi and former on-duty former Osasuna striker Javad Nekounam. He solely wants 14 extra targets to be second on the record and might obtain that in the subsequent few years.
Whether he can catch Daei, who was 37 when he known as time on his profession in Iran, Azmoun has already made a serious influence at membership degree.
He has performed within the Russian Premier League, considered one of UEFA’s prime ten leagues, for nearly a decade and has been so good there that he has a eager curiosity in England, Germany, Italy and France. Daei performed in Germany for 5 years however fought for targets there. The aforementioned Karimi additionally lasted solely a short while in Bavaria, whereas Nekounam reached a peak with Osasuna.
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