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Rubin strengthen with Lithuania's Arlauskis

Lithuanian international goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis is looking forward to the "big challenge" of playing in Russia after joining FC Rubin Kazan from FC Unirea Urziceni on a three-year deal.

Goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis in action for Unirea
Goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis in action for Unirea ©Getty Images

Giedrius Arlauskis has joined Russian titleholders FC Rubin Kazan from FC Unirea Urziceni on a three-year deal.

The Lithuanian international goalkeeper, 22, has switched for a reported €2m fee as Rubin strengthen their goalkeeping options with doubt surrounding the future of No1 Sergei Ryzhikov. "This transfer will help both me and Unirea," he said. "I'll play in a strong league for a team that have won back-to-back titles. It's a big challenge."

Arlauskis moved to Unirea from FC Šiauliai in January 2008, winning the 2008/09 Romanian championship and catching the eye in the UEFA Champions League last term. Rubin enter Europe's elite club competition in the group stage. Unirea, meanwhile, must overturn a 4-1 UEFA Europa League deficit against HNK Hajduk Split next Thursday to advance from the play-offs, having been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the third qualifying round by Russian Premier-Liga leaders FC Zenit St. Petersburg.