Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Pogrebnyak focused only on the present

Pavel Pogrebnyak

Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak insists he is only concerned about the present and not what will happen at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has proved an inspired deadline-day capture for the Cottagers, having netted five goals in his first three Barclays Premier League matches. Pogrebnyak's short-term deal runs to the end of the season and Fulham manager Martin Jol indicated on Sunday that talks to extend the striker's stay are under way.

The Russia international says he has enjoyed his start to life in west London but insists his only concern is ending the campaign strongly. He told Fulham's official magazine, Fultime: "I'm here for six months initially and after that the club and I will see what can happen."

He added: "My target is adapt to English football and to learn the way of the team - these are the most important things.

"Right now I am only thinking about the present and the next game that comes.

"[It was an easy decision to come to Fulham as] there had been interest in me in the past so I was aware of Fulham as a club and had followed their progress for a while.

"It has long been a dream of mine to come and play in the Premier League, so when the circumstances came about to enable the move to happen in January I was naturally very happy."

While he did not need much persuading to join Fulham, Pogrebnyak revealed he spoke to international team-mates Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrey Arshavin before his deadline-day transfer.

"I did speak to them about England before making the move," Pogrebnyak said.

"But ultimately the decision was mine because it has been a long-term dream of mine to play in England. Now that dream has come true."

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