Yuri Zhirkov leaves Chelsea for Anzhi Makhachkala

Zhirkov leaves Chelsea for Anzhi Makhachkala
© PA Photos
Yuri Zhirkov leaves Chelsea to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on a four-year deal.

Yuri Zhirkov has left Chelsea to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old joined the West London club for £18m from CSKA Moscow in 2009 but struggled to hold down regular first-team play, making just 32 starts.

"FC Anzhi has come to an agreement with Chelsea for transfer of the Russian national team player Yury Zhirkov to our club," read a statement on the Russian outfit's official website.

"This morning the newcomer to our team, after a medical check-up, signed a four-year contract."

Speaking to the club's fans ahead of today's game, Zhirkov said: "I am very glad to be here in Makhachkala. I did not expect such reception. It is fantastic.

"I want to thank Anji fans and wish to our team great success today."

Zhirkov was presented to the Anzhi fans before their 2-0 Russian Premier Liga victory over Tromsk yesterday afternoon.

Yuri Zhirkov
Read Next:
Yuri Zhirkov to leave Chelsea
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

1Manchester CityMan City16151048113746
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd16112336112535
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs1684428141428
8Leicester CityLeicester166552322123
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield175391229-1718
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton164571421-717
15Stoke CityStoke174491936-1716
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle164391625-915
17Crystal Palace173591228-1614
18West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom162771222-1013
19West Ham UnitedWest Ham163491432-1813
20Swansea CitySwansea163310918-912
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account