Agent: Zenit not interested in Arshavin

Andrey Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin made his name at Zenit St Petersburg and had hoped to return there on a permanent basis this summer. Photo: PA

Andrey Arshavin's hopes of a return to his boyhood club Zenit St Petersburg appear dead in the water after his former agent said he believes the Russian champions are no longer interested in signing the Arsenal winger.

Arshavin has been linked with a permanent return to Russia after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates, with Zenit at the head of the queue for his signature after the player spent six months on loan there earlier this year.

But Denis Lachter, who helped arrange Arshavin's transfer from Zenit to Arsenal in 2008, says his former club won't be taking the 31-year-old back.

"As far as I know Zenit are not planning to bring Arshavin back to the club," Lachter told Russian newspaper Izvestia. "It's clear that he's no use to Arsenal either, but the London club are set on earning some money back on his sale.

"The St Petersburg club are planning to strengthen their squad, but not with Arshavin.

"However, I think that the player himself very much wants to return to the Zenit camp."

Andrey Arshavin
Arshavin played well at Euro 2012, but sullied his copybook with some outspoken comments about Russia's travelling supporters. Credit: PA

Arshavin's options appear limited at Arsenal, and the Russian national team captain had retained hopes of rejoining Zenit on a permanent deal after helping them to the Russian Premier League title last season.However, Zenit have turned their attention away from Arshavin as Portuguese midfielder Danny - the man Arshavin was brought into replace, after he suffered a long-term knee injury - returns to fitness.

Arshavin has also done himself few favours in his homeland after publicly criticising fans who booed the Russian team after their shock group stage exit at Euro 2012.

With Lachter confirming Zenit's lack of interest in Arshavin, the player's options appear limited with the end of the summer transfer window fast approaching.

Turkish club Galatasaray were also rumoured to be chasing him earlier this summer, though their interest appears to have cooled.

Arshavin has made 133 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 30 goals, but his future at the Emirates remains in doubt.