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Feb 28, 2014

Shirokov joins Krasnodar on loan

Russia midfielder Roman Shirokov has left Zenit St. Petersburg in favour of a loan move to FC Krasnodar.

Roman Shirokov celebrates scoring in Russia's 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan.
Roman Shirokov has a new club ahead of the summer.

Shirokov, 32, was not in the side that lost 4-2 to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and has been stalling over a new contract, with his current deal ending in June.

"Krasnodar has agreed with Zenit on the terms of Roman Shirokov's move," a statement on Krasnodar's website said late Thursday. "The Russia midfielder will defend the colors of 'the citizens' (team nickname) until the end of the current season."

Reports from Russia had suggested that he had fallen out with Italian coach Luciano Spalletti, after a spat at their training camp in Israel last month.

However, Spalletti denied a fallout, saying on Feb. 5: "Rumours are always rumours. The situation is simple -- Roman went to receive medical treatment, that's all. But I must repeat that Zenit remains a strong team without him. Zenit achived great wins with Shirokov and lost in easy games with Shirokov. The most important thing is to remain a unit, and it doesn't matter who plays."

Shirokov is currently the Russian national team captain and will lead his side to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, having taken the armband from Igor Denisov back in October.

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