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Russia defender Ruslan Kambolov in doping investigation - Vitaly Mutko

Ruslan Kambolov in action for Rubin Kazan.
A Russia player is under investigation by FIFA for doping, according to the Russian government.

Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, overseeing the government's World Cup preparations, told state news agency Tass he had been informed that FIFA is investigating Rubin Kazan defender Ruslan Kambolov.

Kambolov has played twice for Russia, once in 2015 and once in a friendly against Chile last June. Mutko said the case was "not linked to the national team."

There is also a FIFA investigation into...

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Stoke City sign Moritz Bauer from Rubin Kazan

Moritz Bauer becomes Stoke's first signing of the January window.

Stoke City have signed Austria defender Moritz Bauer from Rubin Kazan for an undisclosed fee.

Bauer, 25, has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said the club had targeted the right-back prior to the dismissal of manager Mark Hughes at the weekend

"Moritz is a player we have been trailing for some time and was someone Mark Hughes wanted to bring into the club," Scholes told the club's official website

"Moritz came over...

Sergio Sanchez loaned to Espanyol from Rubin Kazan

Sergio Sanchez will join Espanyol for a third time in his career.

Sergio Sanchez has agreed to return to Espanyol for a third stint after joining the Barcelona-based club on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan.

The Spanish centre-back will undergo a medical on Sunday morning before completing his move back to La Liga.

A statement from Espanyol said: "RCD Espanyol have completed their squad with the signing of Catalan defender Sergio Sanchez, who is joining on loan from Rubin Kazan until the end of the season.

"This will be the third stage of Sergio Sanchez at...

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Yann M'Vila pulls plug on Sunderland deal in January transfer window

Yann M'Vila was expected to return to Sunderland in January.

Yann M'Vila has decided against joining Sunderland from Rubin Kazan in the January transfer window, the Premier League club have confirmed.

In a statement released on the Black Cats' official website chief executive Martin Bain said the club will not pursue any player not "wholly committed" to joining them, adding "I was contacted this week by Yann M'Vila's representatives, who advised that the player no longer wishes to join Sunderland."

Bain said that a "three-and-a-half year agreement" was in...

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Alex Song leaves Barcelona for Rubin Kazan

Alex Song is set to make his first appearance since his undergoing ankle surgery over the summer.
Alex Song has joined Rubin Kazan.

Former Cameroon international Alex Song has joined Russian side Rubin Kazan after his contract was cancelled by Barcelona.

The 28-year-old midfielder spent the last two seasons on loan at West Ham after joining Barca from Arsenal in 2012.

Rubin announced the signing with a statement on their official website which read: "Rubin signed a contract with 28-year-old midfielder Alex Song."

Song, who began his career at French club Bastia, last played for the Spanish champions in May 2014, making a total...