Stranzl unhappy at Spartak

Austrian defender wants to leave Russian club in the summer

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Spartak Moscow defender Martin Stranzl has declared that he wants to leave the Russian club in the summer.

The news should alert a whole host of clubs including Celtic, Rangers, West Ham and Everton after all were thought to be preparing bids in the January transfer window.

Spartak managed to hold on to the Austrian international but since then the 28-year-old has struggled to secure a first-team berth.

The former Stuttgart man joined the club in 2006 but has found his opportunities dwindle under new boss Michael Laudrup.

"I'm not in the team, I don't get on as a substitute, and nobody can explain to me why," he told Sovetsky Sport.

Zero opportunities

"I am continuing to train and to practise Russian, but my opportunities at Spartak are zero.

"I wanted to leave the club in the winter but the club wanted me to stay. In the next few days I plan to speak to the management and make clear that I want to leave in the summer."

Despite most of the clubs interested in his services coming from Britain, Stranzl does not have a preference over his next destination.

"I am not excluding the possibility of returning to Austria - that depends on the offer," he added.

"For me financial terms are not that important. Now I just want to play football."