Official: Anzhi Makhachkala sign Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea on four-year deal

The Russian left-sider prematurely ends his unhappy spell in the English capital, and pens a long-term deal with his native outfit, who have been spending big in close season

Yuri Zhirkov
Midfielder - Age: 27
Fee: Undisclosed
Contract: Jun 2015

Anzhi Makhachkala

Anzhi Makhachkala have finalised the signing of Yuri Zhirkov from English club Chelsea, on a four-year contract.

The 27-year-old told his new club's supporters of his delight in becoming their latest recruit, after being unveiled before Anzhi's league fixture against Tom Tomsk on Saturday.

"I'm very happy to be here in Makhachkala," said Zhirkov according to Reuters. "I hope to make my Anzhi debut in our next game against Spartak Moscow [next Sunday]."

The Russia international joined the West London outfit from CSKA Moscow in 2009 for a considerable outlay, but after failing to establish himself as a first-team performer, he has returned to Russia with the ambitious Russian Premier League side.

Anzhi have significant backing from Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, who has sanctioned other high-profile purchases including Roberto Carlos and Balazs Dszudszak earlier in the year.