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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
Luzhny looks to Charlton
By Paul Fletcher

Oleg Luzhny celebrates winning the FA Cup
Luzhny was superb in the FA Cup final
Oleg Luzhny's agent said the Ukrainian would accept a move to Charlton after being released by Arsenal.

The versatile defender has been released after four years at Highbury and is available on a free transfer.

His last outing for the club was in the FA Cup against Southampton, arguably his best performance for the Gunners.

Luzhny's agent, Sandor Varga, told this website Luzhny would like to remain in London and would be happy to join the Addicks.

"Charlton is a good club in London, there would be no need for him to move his family and move house. It would definitely be a good option for Oleg," Varga said.

Oleg has four years experience in the Premiership and I'm sure any club would consider him
Oleg Luzhny's agent

"Oleg would like to stay in London. He very much enjoys London and playing in the Premiership.

"All the time we were talking, even when he was at Dinamo Kiev, he was asking if it was possible to go to England and he would be happy to play for two or three more years in the Premiership."

Charlton were interested in signing Luzhny last year, but the move was scuppered by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, with the defender signing a one-year extension to his contract.

Luzhny is now waiting to hear whether Charlton renew their interest.

"We heard last year from Arsene Wenger that he got a request from Charlton but he refused it immediately because he wanted to keep Oleg, so we have not talked to anyone from Charlton, not this year, not last year," added Varga.

"I'm sure he could help a club in the Premiership and in different positions in defence.

"He has four years experience in the Premiership and I'm sure any club would consider him."

Luzhny moved to Highbury from Dynamo Kiev for 1.8m in May 1999 but failed to establish himself as an automatic first-choice selection at the club.

"Oleg has been a consummate professional throughout his time at Arsenal," said a statement on Arsenal's official website.

"We thank him for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future."


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