NEUSTIFT IM STUBAITAL, May 28 (Sputnik) - CSKA Moscow and Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who was included in the country's preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, said Monday that he did not think about a possible transfer to a European club but was focusing on this summer's tournament in Russia.
Golovin's contract with CSKA Moscow will last until the end of the 2020/21 season but earlier media reports suggested that London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea were interested in signing the 17-cap Russia international.
"All my current objectives are to perform well at the World Cup and after that what will be will be. Moreover, no one told me anything specific about that [playing for European clubs]," Golovin told journalists.
The 21-year-old added that he did not feel any extra pressure despite being touted as one of the team's leading players and that the work of the whole team is what could bring them success at the World Cup.
Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 arenas in 11 cities across the country. The host nation will face Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay in Group A.