– At the end of the season, the green and black said goodbye to Alexei Ionov. The midfielder leaves the club due to contract expiration. Alexei Ionov played 84 games for Krasnodar, scoring 13 goals and giving 8 assists. FC Krasnodar thanks Alexei Ionov for the game and wishes him success in his future career, says information posted on the official FC website.
Note that the news that the “bulls” did not renew the contract with the famous player, which expired on May 31 of this year, appeared literally three hours after Krasnodar lost in the superfinal of the Russian Cup to CSKA Moscow. in the Russian Cup superfinal. In this match, Ionov entered the Luzhniki field in the starting eleven, but did not perform very well and was replaced at half-time.
A football alumnus from St. Petersburg, who once played for Zenit, Kuban, Anji Makhachkala, Dynamo Moscow, and CSKA and Rostov, came to Krasnodar in October 2020. As part of the Bulls, he was a leading figure, he was still called regularly to the national team (by the way, Alexei was in the national team at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and in total he played 39 matches for the main Russian team and scored four goals).
Ionov’s current season has developed in different ways: due to injuries, he missed several matches, but at the end of the championship and in the decisive cup matches he played very well. They say that even the head coach of the Bulls, Vladimir Ivic, wanted the right midfielder to stay in the team for another season.
But the paths of Krasnodar and Ionov still diverged. It is still difficult to say whether the club made such a decision before the Super Cup final against CSKA or whether Alexei’s performance in this match prompted him to do so.