Claudio Marchisio joins Zenith St Petersburg

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Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has signed a contract with Rusiian club St Petersburg.

The 32-year-old has joined the Russian giants after his 25-year association with the Serie A giants ended last month.

Marchisio is now ready for the next stage of his career, citing Zenit’s ambition as one of the reasons why he joined.

Marchisio said in a statement on the Zenit website: “I like the club and its ambition. We have the same desire to win.

“When I left Juventus, I promised that I wouldn’t move to another Italian team, so I wanted to find a club which shared my values.

Marchisio revealed that a chat with Genoa’s Domenico Criscito – who spent seven years at the club before departing in May – filled him with great excitement.

He added: “I talked to Domenico Criscito, and asked him to recommend a good restaurant!

“In fact, ‘Mimmo’ confirmed that Zenit is a special club with amazing fans.

“When I saw the match (against Spartak) I saw that.

“I was struck by the sheer size of the stadium, and the way the fans support Zenit.

“At the end of this week, I will come to Saint Petersburg to see everything with my own eyes.”

Marchisio has played 55 times for Italy, but only once since 2015. He also played 389 times for the Bianconeri, winning seven league titles and four Coppas Italia.

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