Hulk learning Russian to stay at Zenit St Petersburg

Hulk's first half season with the club has been turbulent. His high salary sparked a rebellion among Russian players and he has had frequent rows with the team management.

updated: January 31, 2013 18:07 IST
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Moscow: Brazilian striker Hulk says he is learning Russian to improve his relations with team-mates at Zenit St Petersburg after a turbulent start to his career at the club.

Hulk arrived at Zenit from Porto in September on a reported transfer fee of 60 million euros to spearhead the club's European campaign, but he has yet to fully justify his price tag.

"This pre-season training camp is very important for me," the 26-year-old striker said in an interview with the Zenit official site from the champions' mid-season training camp in Turkey.

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