Manager reveals player Spurs made offer for in 2020 will leave on a free this summer

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Zenit St Petersburg boss Sergei Semak has admitted that rumoured Tottenham target Sardar Azmoun will leave the club on a free transfer when his contract ends in the summer.

Azmoun has been playing his football in Russia for the last nine years, having previously had two spells at Rubin Kazan and one at FC Rostov.

However, it is since his move to Zenit in 2019 that the striker has hit new heights, evolving into one of the best marksmen in the league. 

The Iranian international is having another fine season at the Gazprom Arena, having scored seven goals and picked up four assists in 15 top-flight appearances this season, as well two goals in five appearances in the Champions League group stages (Transfermarkt).

The 27-year-old admitted back in September that Spurs made an offer for him last summer but Zenit turned down the North London club’s advances (as quoted by Calciomercato). 

According to Russian outlet Championat, Bayer Leverkusen have also shown interest in snapping up the centre-forward.

Semak has now revealed that Azmoun wishes to leave Zenit when his contract runs out in June. 

The Zenit boss told Match TV about the striker’s future: “It is simple and understandable. Here only his desire plays a role. 

“Serdar wants to finish the season at Zenit, and then move to another club as a free agent in the summer.”

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Apart from Azmoun’s own admission of Tottenham’s offer for him in the summer, no other publication seems to have reported on the North London club’s interest in the Iranian. So, I doubt if the Zenit star would be anywhere near the top of Conte’s and Paratici’s wishlist. 

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