Former Hull City striker Abel Hernandez has settled well with life in the Russian top flight with CSKA Moscow.
The Uruguayian international left the Tigers at the end of the season on a free transfer and was a target for Leeds United before opting to join CSKA Moscow.
He has spoken to Russian news outlet, Championat, about his time in England with Hull City and his move to Russia over the summer.
When asked about how his move to CSKA came about, Hernandez stated “There was another option in China, but from a professional point of view, the proposal from Russia looked tempting: a big club, great players, Champions League again”.
“I reasoned that this would be a useful and informative lesson. I have never before played with the Russians – only against them. But I had a coach from Russia – Slutsky in Hull City!”.
Hernandez on ex-Hull boss, Leonid Slutsky, who used to manage CSKA and the Russian national team, and why it didn’t work out for him during his short stint in East Yorkshire, ” The leaders left, their seats were taken by loan players. Slutsky had to work on the fly to build a new team, and the Championship is not the most comfortable place for this. It’s a heavy league. It was difficult to survive in such conditions.”.
The striker was asked whether he spoke to Slutsky ahead of his move to CSKA, but said “No, only with Oleg (Yarovinsky), his right hand”.
“I will not say that he provided me with a mass of valuable advice, but he approved my choice and wished me luck in Moscow”.
Hernandez was heavily linked with staying in England with Leeds United over the summer but the Whites were ultimately unable to persuade him to stay in the Championship, amid interest from some big clubs.
Hernandez was high of praise for his former boss, Slutsky, who is now manager of Eredivisie side Vitesse. He added that the 47-year-old got was a popular figure at the KCOM Stadium last season and “often joked in the locker room” and said “It’s a pity that our cooperation turned out to be so short”.