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Thursday, 13 January 2011 23:38

Zenit star Danny flirts with Benfica, Porto

Midfielder linked with return home

Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Danny has reaffirmed his interest in moving back to Portugal, while suggesting that he is keen to move on during the January transfer window.

The 2010 Russian season ended in November with Zenit crowned champions following an impressive campaign in which they lost just twice. Danny was a hugely influential figure for Luciano Spalletti’s side, scoring twelve times from 28 appearances in the Premier League.

Danny, who has one season left on his contract with Zenit, last month stated he was happy to stay for the final year of his deal. However, speaking ahead of joining up with his team-mates for the Dubai Cup later this month, Danny has now suggested that he would be interested in taking up a new challenge in the near future.

“Benfica and FC Porto are clubs of my liking, because they always fight for trophies and participate regularly in European competitions,” said the 27-year-old. “I am happy to learn that they would like me to represent them, but for the moment I am still a Zenit player.

“The directors of Zenit know what I want, although they have offered to extend my contract by another four years. At this moment, the only thing I can say for certain is that I will travel in the next few days to Dubai where the team will begin a training camp.

“I know that they are counting on me because they are still in the Europa League and want me to play against Young Boys of Switzerland, but I have to say that between now and January 31 something could happen.”

Danny went on to state that there were no concrete offers for his services at present, while confirming that he would like to return to Portugal in order to “be closer to my family”.

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (16)
unlikely destination
16 Saturday, 15 January 2011 17:43
although i agree that the cost of Danny would no doubt be less than 30mil given the struggling economy and the clubs willingness to move him since they are on good terms and he has given his all to them i doubt he comes to Portugal. Porto has a stacked midfield and no doubt would have to move somebody have to move somebody (ie. Belushi or miceal) to make space for him, although AVB seems very comfortable with his own group. Porto also has the buying power and the money to make this transfer happen if they wanted to but benfica does not. since benfica have sold players like Ramirez and Di maria without owning the majority of their contracts they aren't receiving much in the way of transfer income. personally if i was him i would stay away from benfica because there two most promising assets (luiz and coentrao) are most likely on the move soon. Going to Porto he would be on a great team with an excellent reputation however Porto doesn't purchase any player unless they believe that they can one day sell them out for more. that scenario seems unlikely with Danny. He also doesn't have a fixed position on the field so its tough to see him fitting in with Porto system. if he has any ambition he will move to another league such as England or Spain, and if he cares about the money then hell stick with zenit.
Splash the cash Vieira!
15 Friday, 14 January 2011 23:11
Idiotogino, you clearly haven't seen any of Danny playing in Russia. He has been the best player in Russia for the past four years. The Russian league is very competitive and have many good teams (Spartak Moscow CSKA Zenit Dynamo Rubin Kazan) that have been doing well in Europe. So don't believe everything you hear.

Bryan SCB (reference 400 mil and counting) just give up, you don't watch football.

Oh yeah, Vieira bring Danny to the Luz!
14 Friday, 14 January 2011 21:26
Danny is an excellent, proven player. I watch many of his games against quality opposition and he seems to almost always control the game. He was great against man united and real madrid, and that was a couple of years ago. He is even better today.

I agree that he would find it easier to start for Benfica, but to be honest I don't really think that we need him. He is better than Aimar, Martins, and Gaitan,but I would rather have Benfica turn Gaitan into Aimar's long term replacement. I'd like to see him playing in a big league(La Liga and Bundesliga preferably).

And Bryan, I also noticed that Veloso has been doing rather well in Italy. A lot of people in Genoa thought that he would be a hard working defensive midfielder, but he is more of a deep lying playmaker like Xabi Alonso. He actually is a pretty good passer so he is doing well in the slower, more tactical Serie A.
Dont come
13 Friday, 14 January 2011 20:36
I think Danny is a waste of money tbh. Just one of those players that I dont seem to click with. He is un proven and overrated. I guess our league is a step up compared to the Russian or Turkish league but theres no room here. I recommend a mid-bottom table EPL team for this guy.
Veloso is doing well!
12 Friday, 14 January 2011 20:09
Did you guys not watch the Genoa- Inter game. He set up two goals and was Genoa's number 1 player. As far as Danny is concerned, Benfica can't afford him without putting more debt on their table. 400 million in counting. I doubt he'll join Porto because they have a stacked squad as is.
11 Friday, 14 January 2011 19:09
Go to Benfica please thank you XD
Benfica only option in PT
10 Friday, 14 January 2011 19:03
Porto has zero room for him, nor do I believe he really fits the mold of Porto's current system. He would fit well at Benfica, but I'm skeptical of whether they could afford him. He might be suited to Spain more than any other league, but Real and Barca aren't going to come calling and that leaves him with the also-rans. England's a possibility, but not with Man U. Liverpool, Everton or Chelsea would be the best fits there. His best fit, in my mind, is Germany, and if he could score a move there i'm confident he would become a household name in very little time. I'm just hoping he doesn't go to the Portuguese-player graveyard that is Italy. Poor Eduardo and Veloso, they could both be doing so much more.
Transfer amount
9 Friday, 14 January 2011 14:00
People keep saying this guy will cost Porto or Benfica 30million. That's what Zenit paid for him. He is on his last year of his contract and is not renewing. The transfer amount would likely be smaller if he's on good terms with the club. I agree that if the EPL or La Liga come knocking with a big salary offer he will take it. If the article is correct and no major club comes knocking, he seems open to coming home. The guy was one of the top paid players in Russia, so maybe cash isn’t an issue and he just wants to finish his career somewhere familiar, he wouldn’t be the first player to do this.

Some of you Porto fans are surprising me. I think both Porto and Benfica are strong clubs that have the ability of competing in Europe. All they need is a few more quality players and they can take on the best of them. I know our league isn’t at the level of Italy, Germany, Spain, or England but IMO we are higher then the Dutch, Greeks, Russians, (not too far away from the French). I honestly think that if we get a good run going our clubs can put on a great show.
Danny 2010
8 Friday, 14 January 2011 13:35
Danny the best player of FC Zenit and will not give up easily, hence all the game commands.
This is a video of the 2010 season:
7 Friday, 14 January 2011 12:25
I don't think that danny would play in the portuguese league I am a porto fan and just before he had that operation on his knee he had some big interest in clubs like chelsea and anyone portuguese knows that the english league is a much more competitive league then in portugal and I believe if a bigger club comes knocking on the door he will be gone cause there is no way benfica or porto are going to splash out 20 or 30 million for him they would rather wait till his contract is over and possibly pick him up on a free transfer
Go to slb
6 Friday, 14 January 2011 11:44
As a porto fan, i'm not a supporter of this guy...the hype surrounding him is exaggerated.also,i dont see porto spending big money on buying him seeing that there are various players with more talent on our team already,be it in the heart of midfield or out wide...didnt zenit pay like 30mil for him?how much do we think they'll want for him?
Somewhere else
5 Friday, 14 January 2011 11:34
I understand everyone wanting him to come and play in our league. I heard however that manchester united was thinking about him and I am sure if his agent does enough he can go over and play in england,spain or italy. I think about the big picture and he is a valuable player for our national team. Let him go where he can learn a little more and play against better players every weekend. I am a porto fan and as much as I would love to see him play for us I would rather want the national team to get better. Porto and sporting already have good players as it is.
4 Friday, 14 January 2011 03:34
As a Benfica I would love to have this guy on the team and I bet the Porto fans will say the same thing. Either way to have a Portuguese national of his talent come to our league would be sweet.
Oh No!
3 Friday, 14 January 2011 01:25
Sportinguistas are not going to like this lol. Hope he joins SLB!
With Open Arms
2 Friday, 14 January 2011 01:11
I would absolutely love to see Danny in a Benfica jersey for three reasons. One being he has the same name as me lol, two being his PORTUGUESE, and three being he could add even more depth to our attacking midfield area. Also Aimar is out of contract by next season and I can't see Benfica renewing with him so Danny could potentially be his successor. And as far as the idea of him moving to Porto I hope he decides on Benfica because why do Porto need another good midfielder when they already have two young gems in Joao Moutinho and Ruben Micael and can't forget about that explosive Argentine, Belluschi. I know the question about well Danny could play out wide for Porto will come up, but really he is much more suited as an attacking midfielder instead of winger. And even though Hulk will leave Porto next season they still have great wide men in Varela and Columbian wonder kid, James "Bond" Rodriguez.
1 Friday, 14 January 2011 00:40
porto does not have room for you danny

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