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Zhirkov hopes for Chelsea chance

Russia international Yuri Zhirkov says he will consider his options in January if he has not managed to secure a place in the Chelsea side.

Zhirkov joined the club for a fee of £18 million 12 months ago but a succession of injury problems restricted him to only ten league starts last season, and he is yet to feature for the club in a competitive fixture this term.

Though he is certain that Carlo Ancelotti will give him a chance to impress, Zhirkov knows that the left side of the Chelsea team is particularly strong at present and will look at his situation again in four months.

"I'll certainly get a chance in the next few months and I'll try to use it completely," Zhirkov said. "Then, in the winter, everything will probably depend on whether I got this chance and how I used it.

"We are currently in brilliant form and getting past [Florent] Malouda and [Ashley] Cole is problematic. Everyone understands about the competition: once you are on the bench you can be there for a long time. But I will definitely get a chance.

"The thoughts when you are watching your team play are always the same: you support, worry and your soul wants to be on the pitch to help."

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