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Having been so far unable to break into the first team at the Etihad Stadium, the Ivory Coast international joins the cost-cutting Russian Premier League side for the season.

Manchester City youngster Abdul Razak has joined Anzhi Makhachkala on loan for the rest of the season.

The Russian Premier League side is in the midst of a frantic cost-cutting operation, with Chelsea-bound star players Samuel Eto'o and Willian among the mass exodus, but the 20-year-old fits the bill for the club's new focus on youth.

Razak joined City three years ago from Crystal Palace but has been unable to break into the first team at the Etihad Stadium.

He has spent three previous spells away from the club on loan but the switch to Russia represents his first move outside of England.

The 20-year-old - who has four international caps for Ivory Coast - made his debut for City in Feb. 2011 but has only made six other appearances.

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