Pogrebnyak eyes Fulham success
Pavel Pogrebnyak is staying focused on the present and not what will happen at the end of the season as he looks to keep impressing at Fulham.
Last Updated: 08/03/12 1:35pm
Pavel Pogrebnyak is staying focused on the present and not what will happen at the end of the season as he looks to keep impressing at Fulham, although he believes the club can challenge for trophies.
Russia international Pogrebnyak joined the Cottagers from Stuttgart in January on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
While he admits he would have preferred a longer contract, Pogrebnyak has made such an impact in his first three games with the club that Martin Jol has already indicated that talks are now under way about extending his stay in London.
Having scored a hat-trick against Wolves on Sunday to take his tally of goals for his new club to five, Pogrebnyak only wants to keep his form going and is not thinking about his future beyond the summer.
"I'm here for six months initially and after that the club and I will see what can happen," the 28-year-old told Fulham's official magazine, Fultime.
"My target is adapt to English football and to learn the way of the team - these are the most important things.
"Right now I am only thinking about the present and the next game that comes.
"[It was an easy decision to come to Fulham as] there had been interest in me in the past so I was aware of Fulham as a club and had followed their progress for a while.
"It has long been a dream of mine to come and play in the Premier League, so when the circumstances came about to enable the move to happen in January I was naturally very happy."
Pogrebnyak says he could understand why Fulham were only prepared to sign him on a short-term deal initially, even though manager Jol had seen plenty of him in Germany.
He told Sportsdaily.ru: "I wanted to sign a long-term contract but the club offered only a half a year.
"They have to see how I adapt to the Premier League because the German and English leagues are two different worlds. So the club decided not to take the risk.
"Martin Jol knew me from Hamburg. He wanted to see me in his team and he told me how the team plays and where I could play but of course he didn't guarantee that I'd be always in the line-up."
Pogrebnyak's contribution has been instrumental in taking Fulham to eighth in the Premier League and he believes they are capable of qualifying for the Europa League, as well as pushing for glory in domestic cup competitions.
"I got used to titles at Zenit so I would like to win something in England too. I think I have time for this here," he said.
"I think it's real for Fulham to win titles. Now we have the chance to win a place in the Europa League and in England you can fight in more cups. Lately even Cardiff City could play a final against Liverpool."