Hulk dismisses rumours claiming he is unhappy at Zenit
Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk has dismissed rumours that he is unhappy at his new club, and has assured fans he will overcome the language barrier.
The Brazilian forward moved to Zenit from Porto for €50 million (£39.6 million) at the beginning of September.
Hulk has scored twice for the Russian champions so far but there have been rumours that he has struggled to make the transition.
He said: "I think with time I will adapt, but it is clear that the fact that they speak another language in Russia creates some difficulties.
"Still, I feel that the climate within the team is fantastic. I'm happy to play for Zenit, I have absolute support from everyone here. I'm trying to fit into the team and Zenit generally."
Big things are expected of the Seleção international in front of goal, following 58 goals in 99 appearances at Porto, and he hopes to recreate the same form at Zenit.
"I have no problems with anyone. I'm just trying to do my job the best way that I can. I'm very happy with my role in the team which is to score goals," he added.
The 2008 UEFA Cup winners are hoping to recover after a 3-0 defeat to Malaga in the Champions League as they must now beat AC Milan to keep their hopes of qualification alive. They also have an important clash with rivals Lokomotiv Moscow in the league.
"We have two important games against Lokomotiv and Milan. If we win these matches, we will recover our confidence in our own abilities. We need to win, and then I will just think about my goals," Hulk concluded.
Some reports also claimed that a bomb had been found outside the club's training ground with a photo of Hulk taped to it.