Zenit St. Petersburg have officially announced the signing of former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio on a free transfer.
I Principino left the Bianconeri in a surprise departure just before the start of the new season and had been linked with a move to MLS and the Premier League before the surprise announcement yesterday evening.
The Russian side confirmed the signing via a post on their social media accounts before Marchisio confirmed the signing himself.
It’s believed he’ll earn €6-6.5m per season along with a series of performance and appearance related bonuses tied into his contract.
“I had no doubt about signing for Zenit,” said Marchisio, who signed a two-year deal with the Russian club.
“I like the club, I like the ambition. After leaving Juventus, I promised that I would not sign for any other Italian team, but I still wanted to find a place that shares my values.”
The 32-year-old’s signing is in part linked to former Juventus scout Javier Ribalta who recently left Manchester United to take over the Sporting Director role at Zenit.
The prestige of a great club.
The most ambitious project.
The same desire to win!
Презтиж великой команды
cамый честолюбивы план
такой же желание выигрывать!#TheWaveIsComing #ИдетВолна🌊 #MC? pic.twitter.com/R7UYsDvPp0
— Claudio Marchisio (@ClaMarchisio8) September 3, 2018