The former Chelsea player, Yuri Zhirkov is set to leave Dynamo Moscow and join FC Zenit Saint Petersburg on a two-year contract.
The player who was playing with Dynamo Moscow for three seasons was set to join Zenit on a free transfer at the end of his contract, but the two clubs managed to find a transfer agreement that will allow Zhirkov to make the move before the contract expire.
The left-sided midfielder will be a wonderful addition to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, who looks to strengthen their team to become more competitive not only in Russia but also on the European side.
Yuri Zhirkov has been quite successful with Dynamo Moscow. After having made 48 appearances with the Premier League club Chelsea, the Russian player moved back to his home country where he signed for FC Anzhi Makhachkala. During his team in England, the midfielder managed to score only one goal with England. In terms of trophies, he won the Premier League as well as the FA Cup for the London team.
Once back to Russia in 2011, he made 50 appearances with Anzhi where he managed three goals. In his last game with Anzhi, he played in the Russian Cup final where his team, unfortunately, lost to CSKA Moscow.
Following Anzhi financial problems, Yuri Zhirkov left the team and made the switch to Dynamo Moscow where he played 14 league matches for his first season. He would score three goals during his debut season. He stayed two more seasons with Dynamo Moscow where he managed another 53 more appearances for the Moscow team. He will score two more goals during this period. Both goals came in the Europa League. In total, he will make 67 appearances for Dynamo Moscow and scored five goals in all.