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Nigmatullin prefers Fulham

last updated Saturday 12th May 2001, 1:26 PM
Ruslan Nigmatullin
Ruslan Nigmatullin prefers Fulham
Ruslan Nigmatullin's proposed move to Fulham is on hold after he received anoffer from Sporting Lisbon.

The 26-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper has become a target of Jean Tigana after Fulham's promotion to the Premiership and his current coach believes he should go to England rather than join the Portuguese club.

"I can guarantee that Nigmatullin will play for Lokomotiv until the end of the first leg of the championship July 1," said Yuri Semin in Sport-Express newspaper.

"He has such a restriction in his contract. But after the first leg we couldn't prohibit Nigmatullin to leave the club.

"The most important thing is to sign the contract with a good team, country doesn't mean a lot.

"But the English Premier League has a higher level than the Spanish and Portuguese championships.

"Premier League is a better way to find out the standard of a player."

Semin is resigned to losing his number one and confirmed that Fulham have expressed an interest but have yet to make an offer.

Nigmatullin would prefer a move to Fulham if offered similar terms to those proposed by Sporting, he told the newspaper.

"But it doesn't mean I will continue my career in England. Different solutions are possible.," he said.

"I can answer these question more precisely in a week."

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