Sunday, 2nd September, 2012
In one of the surprises of the summer transfer window, Brazilian striker Hulk stayed put at FC Porto, but the player himself insists that he has no problem remaining at the Portuguese champions.
Hulk was strongly linked with a whole host of clubs over the summer, with his most persistent suitors being Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St. Petersburg.
The Brazil star, who played for his country at the 2012 London Olympic Games, also seemed ready for a new challenge and spoke of how he would relish the chance to play for Chelsea in particular.
Porto however are tough transfer market operators and were not willing to sell the 26-year-old for less than they believed to be his true value.
And with a €100M release clause in Hulk’s contract, the Portuguese champions were very much in the driving seat.
Now Hulk is looking at remaining with Victor Pereira’s men until at least January – and insists he is fine doing so.
"I have another four years on my contract and I’m fine here", Hulk said after helping Porto beat Olhanense 3-2 last night, a game in which he scored.
"I have won two championships and I hope to win a third championship this year.
"I am happy being in a Porto shirt, a big European team."
Hulk will undoubtedly be in demand when the January transfer window opens, though Porto will not be keen on losing their key striker mid-season.