Pavel Pogrebnyak wants to extend Fulham stay

Pogrebnyak hoping Fulham finally have faith to offer new long-term deal


Instant impact: Pavel Pogrebnyak

Instant impact: Pavel Pogrebnyak

Pavel Pogrebnyak has revealed he wants to extend his stay at Fulham beyond the summer.

The Russia striker joined the west London club from Stuttgart on transfer deadline day, but signed a deal only to the end of the season.

Now, after two goals in two games for Martin Jol's side, he is already dreaming of winning silverware with the Cottagers next year.

'I can't complain, things have started very well,' he told Russia's Sports Daily. 'The move was very difficult. I had to think, first because I was relocating my family, and also because I was offered a contract only for six months. Now, of course, I have no regrets.

'I wanted to sign a long-term contract. The club wanted to see how I would adapt in the Premier League, because the German and English championships are very different. The management wanted to play safe.'

Pogrebnyak made his name by striking up an impressive partnership with Andrey Arshavin before his disappointing move to Germany, but he feels Fulham is the place to get his career on track.

'At Zenit I got used to winning medals and the title, so I want to win something in England and there is time to do that,' he said. 'I think I can win something with Fulham. We have a chance to qualify for the Europa League, and in England there are many cups.'

At 6ft 2in, the 28-year-old looks built for the Premier League, but he admits he still needs to adapt.

Pogrebnyak revealed that he was left exhausted by the intensity of his first two games in England and was even caught out by refereeing idiosyncracies when receiving a booking for celebrating with the fans after his goal at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Deadly: The Russian (left) has scored two goals in two games for Fulham

Deadly: The Russian (left) has scored two goals in two games for Fulham

'I didn't know that wasn't allowed!' said Pogrebnyak.

He added: 'In England there are the strongest players in the world.

'There is a lot of fighting for the ball in the air. For the first 10 or 15 minutes of my debut against Stoke, I didn't know where I was.

'The ball flew back and forth through the air. Then it became clear that this was the English Premier League, which can't be mistaken with anything.

'All the defenders are strong, tall and good in the air. In general, I still have to adapt.

'I feel the championship is more intense than the Bundesliga. It's faster, which is largely down to the referee. In England they let you play – referees hardly ever whistle for minor fouls.'