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Jun, 7, 2012

Pogrebnyak targeting Prem stay

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak wants to stay in the Premier League, even if he can't agree terms with Fulham.

Pogrebnyak scored six times for the London club in 12 games after joining on a short loan spell from German club Stuttgart, with manager Martin Jol keen to retain his services.

But even though the Russian international is out of contract this summer, and preparing for Euro 2012, discussions between the 28-year-old and Fulham broke down.

Pogrebnyak hasn't given up hope of agreeing a permanent switch to Craven Cottage but even if he can't agree terms, he is keen to stay and try his luck in the Premier League.

"After three or four months, I feel that I have found my place in England and I want to play in this league," Pogrebnyak told Sport-Express.

"I feel great desire and strength inside me and my age will not work against me. We couldn't agree anything with Fulham so far, but I hope everything will be alright.

"If I don't play for Fulham, I hope to find another team. It would be good to sort this out before the European Championship, because there is a risk there. Anything could happen, and if you get injured then no-one will want to sign you."

Pogrebnyak has been courted by Spartak Moscow but he is insistent he has no plans to return to his native country.

"Last year I said I didn't want to go back to Russia and since then Russian football hasn't really progressed," he said. "If you play in England, that's the best thing that can happen to you. You have to take this chance."

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