Alexei Smertin has revealed he turned down the chance of a move to Fulham.
Having completed his move to Dinamo Moscow, Smertin admitted that he had received approaches from a variety of clubs, also including Atletico Madrid.
“I had an offer from Fulham and after Russia’s friendly against Brazil I got an offer from Atletico Madrid,” he confirmed.
“But I have chosen Dinamo as there was only one choice for me – London or Moscow.
“Dinamo, Saturn and Lokomotiv were all interested.”
The former Chelsea man, who was on loan to Charlton when the transfer went through, also took a swipe at The Addicks, saying that they lack ambition.
“It might have been later than I expected but Dinamo’s offer was very interesting. I like the ambition of the Dinamo board.
“I saw a lack of that at Charlton after winning so often at Chelsea.”