Andrei Arshavin admits he would eventually like to join Barcelona, but for the time being he is focused on Russia’s Euro 2008 semi-final against Spain.
The playmaker, who has emerged as a star of the European Championship after impressive displays during Russia’s victories over Sweden and Holland, has confirmed that he intends to leave Zenit St Petersburg.
“I have supported Barcelona all my life,” Arshavin told euro2008.com. “Barcelona are my dream.
“I never thought I would have a genuine chance to play for the club. Let’s see how the situation unfolds. For now I can’t say anything for sure.
“At the moment I’m a player of team Russia and I’m only thinking about doing well in the semi-finals.”
The 27-year-old missed the opening two matches of Euro 2008 through suspension and is grateful to coach Guus Hiddink for picking him in for Russia squad.
He added: “I came here hoping I’d get a chance to play at such a big tournament. I’ve never been to an event like this before.
“We had some very tough training sessions and it was difficult for me to be training a lot knowing I wouldn’t be playing. It was an unusual feeling.
“Even so I’m happy Guus Hiddink brought me here despite the ban and let me become a part of the tournament.”