- © RIA Novosti. Vitaly Timkiv
© RIA Novosti. Vitaly Timkiv
KRASNODAR, Russia, November 28 (R-Sport) - Spartak Moscow are interested in signing Armenian-American striker Yura Movsisyan but a rumored move is not imminent, his coach at current club FC Krasnodar told R-Sport on Wednesday.
Nine goals in 13 league games this season have won the former Major League Soccer star plaudits across Russia, and some Armenian media reported Tuesday that he was to undergo a medical as part of a transfer to Spartak.
"There's interest in Yura from several clubs including Spartak but he's not going anywhere now," Krasnodar coach Slavoljub Muslin said.
"Yes, he went to Moscow for a medical examination, but that was linked to his injured heel, because of which he's missed several games, and not an alleged transfer to Spartak."
Spartak have been without a permanent coach since Unai Emery was fired Sunday, with general director Valery Karpin filling in as caretaker. Movsisyan's heel injury has kept him out of the Krasnodar team since October 27.
Muslin said Movsisyan was "our leader" at Krasnodar and losing him would be a "serious blow," but conceded the team would eventually have to let him move on to bigger things.
"We understand that Yura has ambition, that he would like to play for teams who are fighting for places in the Europa League and the Champions League, plus other teams can offer him a significant higher wage," he said.
"At the moment, Yura is a Krasnodar player. If offers for him appear, we will obviously give them consideration."
Movsisyan declined to comment on the transfer rumors when contacted by R-Sport.
If Movsisyan moved to the capital, he would have serious competition from Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike, Brazilian pair Ari and Welliton, and Russia striker Artem Dzyuba for a place in the side.
The California-raised forward started his career in the United States with the Kansas City Wizards and Real Salt Lake, including an MLS title in 2009, and joined Krasnodar last year following a spell in the Danish league.
He has scored five international goals in 18 games for Armenia.