Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio could not land a deal in one of the top-five European leagues. However, he still found a new team that will allow him to play in Europe during the 2018-19 season.
According to several reports and as it has been announced on the club’s official website, Marchisio has officially joined Russian powerhouse Zenit St Petersburg on a two-year deal. The 32-year-old playmaker will now play for one of the top teams in the Russian Premier League, making it the first time in his career that he will play out of Italy.
The experienced 32-year-old Italy international was a free agent after terminating his contract with Serie A champions by mutual consent earlier in the summer and was free to choose his next destination. AS Monaco, PSG, Benfica, Porto, Sporting Lisbon and even some MLS franchises were mentioned as destinations, but Marchisio chose Russia instead.
We can’t blame him for that, though. Zenit has always focused on Italian talent and names such as Domenico Criscito, Luciano Spalletti and Roberto Mancini have all been with the club in one capacity or another.
Plus, one of Marchisio’s priorities was to play in Europe next season, and Zenit will allow him to do so. Zenit will take part in the group stage of Europa League this season, competing in Group C together with FC Kobenhavn, Bordeaux and Slavia Prague.
By all accounts, mission accomplished for the veteran playmaker.