Transfer news

Hulk hopeful of Russia move for Neymar

March 31, 2013
By ESPN staff

Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk has urged Santos superstar Neymar to consider Russia when he decides to move to Europe, insisting the 21-year-old would thrive at Zenit.

AssociatedNeymar has been criticised for his performances on the European stage

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are in the frame to sign Neymar on a lucrative deal when his contract at Santos expires, although the striker is likely to remain in his home country until the 2014 World Cup.

Neymar's ability to translate his dazzling form in the Brasilerao onto the European stage has been questioned of late with ordinary performances for Brazil in international friendlies against England, Italy and Russia.

But his national team-mate Hulk claims the big spending Zenit would be a good suit for a player of Neymar's stature.

"I think that he knows when he needs to change his club," Hulk told R-Sport. "He will do it when he needs to. I can't choose for Neymar. Only he knows where he wants to go, but it would be very good to have a player like that at Zenit.

"Footballers are always subject to criticism, but the world knows how good a player Neymar is and knows about the quality of his game."