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Hulk hints at Porto exit

June 4, 2012
By ESPN staff

Chelsea transfer target Hulk has appeared to pave the way for a move to Stamford Bridge by suggesting it may be time for him to leave Porto.

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GettyImagesHulk has won seven major trophies in his four years at Porto, including this season's league title

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The Blues were widely reported to have agreed a £38 million fee for Hulk with his Portuguese club last week, with personal terms yet to be agreed.

Hulk, who is earmarked as a replacement for Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge, refused to admit a deal with Chelsea is done but the 25-year-old hinted a summer move was on the cards.

Asked what the future held for him, Hulk told Lancenet: "I will always continue to work hard and keep my feet on the ground, regardless of whether I stay at Porto.

"I have won many titles in the past four years at Porto, and I think that I have a great relationship with everyone.

"If the time has come to move on, I'll do so with a good feeling. I have enjoyed a great time here.

"I'm sure that they will understand the motives behind my decision if I leave."

Hulk, who is contracted to Porto until 2016, added: "The club and its fans will forever have a place in my heart. I can only thank them for all the affection they've shown me."

Hulk has been linked with the Blues all season. His record is outstanding - 57 goals in 91 games in the past two seasons - and there is the belief that he can improve in the Premier League.