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Zenit St Petersburg's Axel Witsel vows to stay but may not renew contract

Axel Witsel would be free to leave Zenit St Petersburg on a free transfer next summer.

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel has said he now plans to stay at Zenit St Petersburg for a further year but suggested he could then leave on a free transfer.

Witsel has been linked with a number of clubs in Italy and England, including Juventus, Inter Milan, Napoli and Everton, and Zenit boss Mircea Lucescu said last month that the 27-year-old had asked to leave the Russian side.

Asked about the links with those clubs, he told the R-Sport news agency: "Yeah, it was written everywhere.

"I think it...

Giuliano joins Zenit St Petersburg from Gremio

Giuliano
Giuliano made 67 appearances during his two-year spell at Gremio, scoring 11 goals.

Zenit St Petersburg have signed Brazilian attacking midfielder Giuliano from Gremio, the Russian club said on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old, who has played eight times for the Brazilian national team, agreed a four-year contract. Financial details were not disclosed.

Giuliano, who played in the Ukrainian league for Dnipro between 2011-14 before returning home to join Gremio, is coach Mircea Lucescu's second signing after Slovakian winger Robert Mak.

The Romanian took over from Andre Villas-Boas at the...

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Russia's Aleksandr Kokorin right to apologise for party incident - RFS chief

Aleksandr Kokorin was seen in footage at a party in Monaco after Russia's Euro 2016 exit.

Russian Sports Minister and President of the Russian Football Union (RFS) Vitaly Mutko says Aleksandr Kokorin was right to apologise after attending a party with Pavel Mamaev following the national team's group-stage exit from Euro 2016.

Video footage online appeared to show Kokorin and Mamaev in a Monaco nightclub, with waiters carrying dozens of bottles of champagne as the Russian anthem played.

Kokorin's side Zenit St Petersburg and Mamaev's team FC Krasnodar said the players would be fined and...

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Russian clubs fine Alexander Kokorin, Pavel Mamaev for party

Alexander Kokorin and Russia exited Euro 2016 in the group stage.

Two Russia players have been fined by their clubs over an ostentatious party following the national team's group stage exit from the European Championship.

Video posted online appeared to show forward Alexander Kokorin and midfielder Pavel Mamaev in a nightclub, with waiters carrying dozens of bottles of champagne, as the Russian anthem played.

Fans commenting online said the party was inappropriate after Russia's poor performance at Euro 2016.

Kokorin's club Zenit St. Petersburg and Mamaev's team...