Shamil Lakhiyalov says CSKA Moscow will regret not selling Fyodor Chalov to Crystal Palace when they had the chance.
Palace were willing to play £25 million for the Russian striker.
The 23-year-old is currently playing at FC Basel on a loan spell, where he managed to score 3 goals in 18 appearances this term.
Speaking to Euro Football,
pundit and former Premier League ace has claimed.
“In my opinion, in the story with Chalov, CSKA made a big mistake when they did not let him go to the Premier League, to Crystal Palace for a fabulous £25 million,” says Lakhiyalov.
“The player himself had a desire to leave. I don’t know why CSKA refused to sell him then. After that, most likely, Chalov experienced a psychological decline, which affected his game.
“He no longer corresponded to the level of a football player for the national team or a player for a team fighting for first place. A loan to Basel should benefit both Chalov and CSKA.
“I hope Fyodor will kick-start his career by playing the rest of the season in different conditions.”
Back in 2019, boss Roy Hodgson even admitted that the Eagles were keen on Chalov and that the transfer didn't happen only because they couldn’t ‘agree a deal’ in summer.
“It’s a shame, of course, that Chalov didn’t go to England,” the striker’s agent said in October.
“Fedor would have fallen into the hands of my good friend and an excellent coach in Roy Hodgson. I am sure that Chalov’s career would have developed in a completely different way.”
source - hitc
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