MOSCOW, August 6 (R-Sport) - Russian Premier League football team FC Krasnodar has quashed rumors that Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Igor Denisov could join the southerners.
The central midfielder signed for Anzhi from Zenit St. Petersburg in June but walked out on the big-spending Caucasus club after quarrelling with star striker Samuel Eto'o and midfielder Lassana Diarra, a source has told R-Sport.
He has since been linked to Dynamo Moscow and, more recently, mid-table team FC Krasnodar, although the club's general director called the speculation nothing more than fantasy.
"This is from the realm of the unreal," Vladimir Khashig told R-Sport.
Denisov’s situation at Anzhi appears fluid - the club’s chairman said Friday he had not been released and was in fact not playing because he was injured. Despite that, an R-Sport source has confirmed Denisov has arranged private training sessions to keep him fit for Russia’s World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland later this month.
Just a year ago, Denisov seemed one of the most stable players at three-time Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg as he entered his 11th season with the team.
He then argued with Zenit management over pay and was dropped to the reserves before leaving for Anzhi at the end of the season.
Denisov has 37 caps for Russia and has captained the national side since Fabio Capello took over as manager last year.