Valencia have confirmed the sale of Argentine midfielder Tino Costa to Russian side Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee.
The surprise deal was finalised on Wednesday, as Miroslav Djukic was being unveiled as new Los Che coach. There was no official comment on the fee involved, but reports in Spain suggest Spartak paid about €7 million for the former Montpellier playmaker.
A statement released on the official club website wished Costa, 28, luck in future and thanked him for his contribution during three seasons at the club.
"Valencia have reached an agreement with Spartak Moscow for the transfer of Tino Costa to the Russian club. We wish the midfielder the best of luck in his new voyage and wish to thank him for the commitment and effort he showed during his spell as a valencianista."
Costa was linked with a move to Spartak 12 months ago, but instead he signed a new contract which was to run until June 2015. However his contribution during the 2012-13 season was interrupted by injury, and he slipped behind youngsters Dani Parejo and Sergio Canales in former boss Ernesto Valverde's pecking order.