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Or maybe not Serbia, but Turkey or China? Where should Zenit send Dziuba?


The initiative supposedly comes from Dziuba himself. Although everyone understands that an asset that has become too “toxic” should simply be exiled somewhere. And about this “Soviet Sport” has already written here.

Recall that the striker’s current contract with the St. Petersburg club is valid until the end of June 2022. There is no new one yet. It is time for the 33-year-old to decide on a workplace, and so far there is no clarity as to whether the champion of the last four years needs him in the future and whether the player himself has any desire to continue. cooperation.

Our partner publication “Playmaker” supported the issue and is trying to find different options for the employment of the former captain of the national team.

Probably everyone paid attention to the fact that at the celebration of the Zenit championship after the end of the match with Lokomotiv, Artem was not at ease. While the Zenit legion organized a South American carnival on the pitch, and the Russian spine did not hide the joy of winning the title, Dzyuba’s eyes did not burn with the same fire.

There was a time when the best blue-white-blue scorer would prepare especially for this type of event, even dressed in original costumes. Then it became clear that he was in a hurry. And now of those emotions only memories remained.


It is doubtful that the championship has become boring. It is rather something else. Dzyuba’s role in the team is no longer the same, he is no longer their leader. Thus, in the match, which turned into gold for Zenit, Artem appeared on the field ten minutes before the end. When the game was made by other people. And among those who especially stood out that night was Ivan Sergeev, a winter novice from St. Petersburg.

The former forward of “Alas” came to court. He doesn’t want to say that he completely replaced Serdar Azmun, who left for Bayer, but he knows his business. Also, importantly, Sergeyev in Sergey Semak’s team is progressing, which cannot be said about Dziuba. In the presence of Yuri Alberto, the place at the beginning of Artyom floats away. The legionnaires are not leaving St Petersburg, and this suggests that Dzyuba is destined for a supporting role at Zenit if he stays.

Dzyuba does not want to be an actor in episodes. Because of this, there are rumors about him leaving. The day before he confirmed his interest in the Red Star striker. The Serbian club intends to qualify for the Champions League, it needs reinforcement. Club football in Serbia is not at the same level as in many European leagues, but it is still an EU country. Perhaps Artyom is interested in this side of the issue. We remember that he refused to be called up to the national team in March, and Valery Karpin explained to us that Dzyuba was worried about the Ukrainian relatives.

The Turkish Fenerbahce also flashes in the press as an option for the striker. By the way, this is an interesting proposal, if it is really concrete. In Russia, it will be difficult to find a new job for Dziuba. It is enough to go through all the decent clubs to understand that there are no good options.


Entrance to Spartak is closed, as well as to CSKA for obvious reasons. Dynamo has Smolov and Tyukavin, while Lokomotiv has only acquired Isidor and Kukhta. “Krasnodar” will not get such a price, the club would survive in a difficult situation. Dzyuba’s “friend” Karpin is also successfully working in Rostov. It is that “Sochi”, where at one time Kokorin underwent rehabilitation. But the southerners are unlikely to be that attractive to an ambitious player.

It may have some kind of Chinese version. This can also be considered. But we would not rule out such a moment that all the current talk about possible new clubs for Dzyuba is nothing more than a game to sign a new contract with Zenit.


The inhabitants of St. Petersburg probably want to save Dziuba. But how his wish list and the coach’s interests will get along is a mystery. They are moving in different directions, each month it is more and more noticeable.

There is another factor that may influence Artem’s decision. Russian clubs have been excluded from European competition. And there is no guarantee that in a year this ban will not be extended. Leaving for Serbia or Turkey, Dziuba will have the opportunity to play internationally again at the end of his career. It has always been important to him. Let’s see what weighs more: money or football.


Former Spartak football player Yuri Gavrilov spoke about the possible departure of Artem Dziuba.

– Dziuba can go wherever he wants, but he is unlikely to hold out against the competition. In “Red Star” there are many of their own. Frankly, I don’t think if she leaves, he’ll win the competition there. Young Serbs are unlikely to want to give up their seats. Yes, and in Russia Dziuba is no longer needed. If he had been younger, he might have found a club. As a result, it will be difficult for Artem to find a club both in Russia and abroad,” Gavrilov said.

Recall that this season, Dziuba, 33, played 36 games in all tournaments, scoring 13 goals and providing 10 assists. He helped Zenit win the Russian championship ahead of schedule. According to media reports, the player himself decided to leave the team because he was not satisfied with the terms of the new contract with the club.


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