Zenit St Petersburg signs Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – Zenit St. Petersburg hired Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio on Monday after being released by Juventus.


Marchisio, 32, arrives in Russia with a two-year contract after an agreement that required the approval of the Russian Football Federation because it was completed outside of the usual registration period.


Marchisio left Juventus last month after what the club called “the agreed-upon termination of his contract.” He spent 25 years with Juventus since he joined at the age of seven.


“I like the club and its ambition,” Marchisio said in a statement on the Zenit website. “When I left Juventus, I promised that I would not move to any other Italian team, so I wanted to find a club that shared my values.”


Marchisio added that he will join the Zenit team at the weekend. Zenit said he will be available for the Europa League group games.


Laborious Marchisio played almost 400 games for Juventus, winning seven Serie A titles, but was less prominent since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2016. He played 15 times in Serie A last season.


Marchisio has played 55 times for Italy, but only once since 2015.


Zenit finished disappointingly fifth in the Russian Premier League last season, but leads the table in this campaign after six games.

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