Football: France's Lassana Diarra leaves struggling Anzhi for Lokomotiv
MOSCOW (AFP) - French former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has left struggling Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala to join Moscow premier league rivals Lokomotiv, the football clubs announced.
Diarra is the latest star player to leave Anzhi after their billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov earlier this month decided to scale down the club's ambitions and drastically shrink their budget.
The contract with Lokomotiv is for four years, the club said in a statement late on Tuesday. The value of the transfer was not disclosed but the Interfax news agency said it was worth 12 million euros (S$20.3 million).
As a result of Kerimov's dramatic change in policy at Anzhi, almost all of the star players signed in a bid to make the Dagestan side world beaters are being put on the market.