Karvanen, GM of Spartak SPB, confirmed that the Russian team is in talks with the agent of Andrei Kirilenko.
"We would not comment the rumors on Andrei Kirilenko. We can just say that we are talking with his agent. So far it is hard to say if the deal will be finalized" said Karvanen.
In a different statement, Kirilenko, who is free agent, said that he would play just for Spartak SPB and CSKA Moscow if he will return to Russia.
"I don't want to offend other teams in Russia, but I started my career with Spartak and CSKA and I would join just them in case I returns to Russia. By the way, I cannot exclude the retirement at the end of Eurobasket 2011".