Fernando Meira looking to extend stay with Zenit St. Petersburg, reveals career’s best match

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Zenit St. Petersburg defender, Fernando Meira, has spoken about different nodes in his career after claiming a win against FC Khimki in the Russian Cup, and has explained that he still has a lot to prove on the pitch.
Having served in the Spor Toto Super Lig, Bundesliga and Primeira Liga already, the Portuguese national has exhibited some phenomenal performances for the Russian club by winning the Russian Cup and the Russian Premier League under Luciano Spalletti.
Fernando Meira revealed that it has been a joy working in different leagues and adopting different styles of play with respect to the physical and competitive nature of each league. While summing up his career, the Portuguese national revealed the best match
of his career.
“I would have singled out one match - the World Cup quarterfinals in 2006: Portugal - England, when we won the penalty shootout. The game for the national team is always special; it cannot be compared with the matches for the club. With different teams I
have won many different titles. Playoffs, of course, are remembered for a long time, but they are inferior in comparison with those when you're playing for the country.” Meira was quoted as saying.
The former Galatasaray centre back heaped praise on his team mate, in the opening 12 seconds of the match.
The former Benfica stopper highlighted the fact that Spalletti has a different approach towards the game.
Meira believes he has a lot to give to the Russian football working under the Italian tactician. The German Cup winning defender is yet to sign a contract extension at the Sine-Belo-Golubye. The player’s contract runs out next year, but the defender has
revealed his desire to play for Zenit and is hoping that a deal will get through.
“I would like to play at Zenit. If the management offers me a new contract, the option of staying here will be a priority.” The player revealed.
The experienced 33-year-old is desperate to kick start the second half of the Russian championship with a win against Anzhi Makhachkala. Furthermore, he is confident cementing a starting-eleven spot under Spalletti, despite his growing age.



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