The official website for European football

Zenit snap up Shatov from Anji

Published: Friday 16 August 2013, 16.26CET
FC Zenit have strengthened ahead of the UEFA Champions League play-offs with the signing of Russian international Oleg Shatov from FC Anji Makhachkala.
Zenit snap up Shatov from Anji
Oleg Shatov (left) has joined Zenit from Anji ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Friday 16 August 2013, 16.26CET

Zenit snap up Shatov from Anji

FC Zenit have strengthened ahead of the UEFA Champions League play-offs with the signing of Russian international Oleg Shatov from FC Anji Makhachkala.

FC Zenit have strengthened their squad ahead of the UEFA Champions League play-offs with the signing of Russian international attacking midfielder Oleg Shatov from FC Anji Makhachkala.

Shatov follows Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Denisov and Aleksandr Kokorin, who have joined FC Dinamo Moskva, in completing a move away from the Dagestan club although no details of his contract length or transfer fee have been revealed. The 23-year-old joins defender Igor Smolnikov in signing for Zenit ahead of their play-off tie against Portugal's FC Paços de Ferreira which begins at the Estádio do Dragão on Tuesday.

"Everything turned out unexpectedly, but this is the football life," said Shatov. "I got a nice offer after Anji changed their policy. Of course, I want to represent a team with ambitious aims." The Nizhni Tagil-born player kicked off his career at futsal side MFK Sinara Ekaterinburg before signing for FC Ural Ekaterinburg and moving to Anji on a four-year deal last February.

Shatov helped Anji reach the UEFA Europa League round of 16, the Russian Cup final and third-placed finish in the league last season as well as winning his first international cap against Iceland in February.

Last updated: 05/09/13 7.53CET

Related information

Player profiles
Member associations
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1981838.html#zenit+snap+shatov+from+anji

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.