Chevanton wants Sevilla stay
By Francisco Acedo and Slava Zaitsev
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Javier Chevanton will not let the signing of Alexander Kerzhakov force him out.
Javier Chevanton insists that the arrival of Alexander Kerzhakov at Sevilla will not result in his own departure from the Spanish side.
The Primera Liga leaders have strengthened their options in the New Year with the acquisition of Kerzhakov from Zenit St Petersburg.
As a result Chevanton's future has been thrown into some doubt with Fredi Kanoute and Luis Fabiano also vying for a place in Juande Ramos's side.
However the Uruguayan international insists he has no intention of leaving Sevilla in the near future.
"I want 2007 to be the year of Chevanton and Sevilla," said the striker.
"I have not thought about leaving in the winter market.
"I do not worry about the signing of another forward and my objective is to triumph in this club."
Kerzhakov's transfer also established a partnership between Sevilla and Zenit, and the Russian club's sporting director Konstantin Sarsaniya has been expanding on the finer details of the cooperation.
"We agreed a partnership contract with Sevilla and according to this contract our teams will play three friendlies next year," said Sarsaniya.
"All TV rights for these games are owned by Zenit.
"It was a very hard negotiation. Sevilla decided that they needed to come to an agreement with Kerzhakov first and it wouldn't be a problem to take him from Zenit for free.
"But Sevilla changed their opinion when we got very good offers from English, Ukranian and Russian teams.
"Also I have to say that Kerzhakov can't be sold back to Russia during the next two years."
Newcastle United, Marseille, Dynamo Kiev and Spartak Moscow are the other clubs reported to have shown interest in the Russian international.