Veteran Russian left-back Yuri Zhirkov spent two years as an Anzhi Makhachkala player on the back of his spell in the Premier League with West London giants Chelsea. Yuri Zhirkov had a two-year spell at Chelsea until his transfer back to Russia in the colours of Anzhi in 2011.
In his first season as a Dynamo Moscow player, Yuri Zhirkov played 14 times in the league netting three goals in the process. He scored one of the two goals in a 2-0 victory over KrylyaSovetov Samara on his debut on September 29, 2013. Zhirkov scored his second and third goal for his new team during the 4-2 win over former side CSKA Moscow on March 9, 2014.
One of the biggest contributions for Zhirkov in a Dynamo Moscow shirt was when he scored the winning goal as a substitute against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Europa League in October 2014.
After spending two-and-a-half years with Dynamo Moscow, Yuri Zhirkov moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg during the 2016 winter transfer window. On January 26, 2016, Zenit announced that they have reached a two-year deal with the left-back. The Russian player would have joined Zenit on a free transfer at the end of his Dynamo Moscow contract at the end of the 2015/16 season if the two teams didn’t agree on a deal for him. He joined Zenit officially on January 30, 2016.