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according slovak press coach of hsv hamburg thomas doll is interested in acquiring slovakian defender martin skrtel from st. petersburg. doll wants to improve competition in central defence between van buyten, boulahrouz and potentional newcomer. coach of german team observed young slovakian in both qualifiers against spain.

20yrs old player signed with russian team till summer 2007. czech coach of st.petersburg mr.petrzela declared skrtel isn´t for sale.
 

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He is a great Prospect for the future...during the summer there has been interst form Liverpool FC but again Petrzela said he said he isn't for sale...don't think that HSV will have more luck
 

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Can someone describe him, his playing-style ?
Our coach watched him twice in the matches against spain and he was watched by our scouts for more than a year now. But we only will make an approach if we lose Boulahrouz in the summer. He is being watched by big clubs and if he plays a good World Cup for the Netherlands, offers might be tabled for him which are impossible to reject...
 

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Can someone describe him, his playing-style ?
Our coach watched him twice in the matches against spain and he was watched by our scouts for more than a year now. But we only will make an approach if we lose Boulahrouz in the summer. He is being watched by big clubs and if he plays a good World Cup for the Netherlands, offers might be tabled for him which are impossible to reject...
Better ask the russians who see him play every week, but as much as I could watch him, he´s really talented defender, not a ´defence tower´like Campbell, he´s more flexible and hard to beat on the ground. That doesn´t mean his abilities in air are poor. He has great timing of anything he´s doing so he´s not affraid to make a tackle in the box. He´s quite fast, but I wouldn´t expect from him a precise 50-meters long pass. On the other hand I wouldn´t expect him to pass mistakely on short and middle distance.
As his coaches say, he needs some experienced defender in the defensive pair, he really does some needless things (like yellow-card foul in the middle of the ground) but well led by the mentor he´s great and has the potential to become the mentor himself one day...
 
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I hope Skrtel stay with FC Zenit until the winter break at least, they need him for the games against Sevilla,Besiktas

Great defender
 

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This topic is becoming hot again. Seems that one of our starting defenders van Buyten or Boulahrouz will leave Hamburg in the summer and Skrtel seems to be the player our club is eyeing as a replacement. According to the press, Hamburg officials including coach Doll held talks with Skrtel on the last sunday.
 

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Hamburg would be a good place for him. Skrtel is very gifted, he's more of a "Nesta" type player than a "Stam" type player. Good technique, instincts, speed, everything.

Very bright future.
 

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I hope both of your players, van Buyten and Boulahrouz, stay at Hamburg, Rothose. Skrtel is also linked to the FCN, according to an Abendzeitung article last week. Skrtels has the same adviser as Mintal and Vittek, and 2-3 months ago he made a statement that the FCN might get an excellent defender. But he didn´t mention any name, but it could be Skrtel. I really hope no one of your defence leaves Hamburg. If you want him we won´t be able to pay as much as you can.
 

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Bayern Munich signed Daniel van Buyten today. This can beginning of negotiations about Skrtel´s move to HSV.
 

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HSV acquired young defender Vincent Kompany from Anderlecht Brusel and solved it´s problem in defensive dpt. after van Buyten´s move to Bayern. Price for Kompany was 8 mio.EUR.


Candidate with the best chance for getting Skrtel seems to be Anderlecht. Only problem is his price 5 mio.EUR required by Zenit St.Petersburg where is Skrtel signed within summer 2007.
 

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HSV acquired young defender Vincent Kompany from Anderlecht Brusel and solved it´s problem in defensive dpt. after van Buyten´s move to Bayern. Price for Kompany was 8 mio.EUR.


Candidate with the best chance for getting Skrtel seems to be Anderlecht. Only problem is his price 5 mio.EUR required by Zenit St.Petersburg where is Skrtel signed within summer 2007.
Belgian sources say that Anderlecht and Skrtel have already an agreement ... Seems quite interesting to follow the rest of this episode.

Kompany's price tag lowered really fast after the news was published that he had contacts with HSV. Hopefully the same happens with Skrtel his price.
 

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Interesting. 5mio.EUR for 21yrs old kid seems to me a bit exxagregated. Especially when he´s under contract till summer 2007 only and wants to leave.
 

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Skrtel signed with Zenit till summer 2008.

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Q:Why did you change your opinion ? In St.Peterburg´s newspaper Smena you´ve told you want to leave Zenit after summer 2007.

A:It was before Dick Advocaat came here. We´ve discussed together and Dick declared the highest goals with Zenit. The season before was muffed.

Q: You were linked with some other teams, f.e.Anderlecht, 1.FCN, HSV. Transfer to Anderlecht failed on transfer-sum 5.mio.EUR.

A: I´ve got used on living in St.Petersburg, feel good here. If we´ll be succesful with Zenit there is nothing to complain about.

Q: Brought Advocaat some players with ?

A: Yes, he did. Two Koreans, members of Korean NT from World Cup and talented turkish striker from Trabzonspor.

Q: May Zenit target on UEFA spots ? At the moment you are out.

A: Yes we may. We must ! Russian league is tight, distance from UEFA-spot is just 6 points. We haven´t lost 6 games in row. In the last Round there were many draws and just 2 wins. Nothing is impossible
 

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If skrtel went to FCN that would be great mintal,vittek and skrtel in the same team it would be great.
 
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