Yaroslav Rakitskiy

Ukrainian international Yaroslav Rakitskiy has left Russian club Zenit St Petersburg following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

The 32-year-old has not featured for the club since Russia launched an invasion on his home country last week on Thursday.

In a statement, the Russian club confirmed they had granted his wish to terminate his contract early.

“Yaroslav Rakitskiy requested an early end to his contract and this has been agreed by the club,” read part of the statement.

Adding; “The club and our supporters wish to thank Yaroslav Rakitskiy for his time here and recognize the professionalism and passion he displayed while with us.

“We sincerely wish the best to Yaroslav, his friends, and his family,”

Rakitskiy joined Zenit in January 2019 and has since played 108 matches, scoring seven goals and creating a further 15 as a blue-white-sky blue player.

While in St. Petersburg he won three league titles, the Russian Cup and two Super Cups.


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