Where next for Zenit’s Danny?


Danny will go down as a legend of Zenit St. Petersburg.


The 31-year-old has been a standout performer since joining from Dynamo Moscow €30 million in 2008, wearing the captain’s armband with distinction in recent seasons. Danny was bought by Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of €30 million, which made him the most expensive player of the Russian Premier League.

Upon his arrival manager Dick Advocaat hailed him as “the best midfielder in Russia”, and he made his club debut in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup game against Manchester United, where he scored the winning goal, later being named Man of the match in a 2–1 final win

An outstanding spell in Russia’s second city is set to come to an end on June 30 when his current deal expires, leading to an opportunity for interested clubs to start talks with him and his representatives about a free transfer.

Zenit have been unable to agree an extension thus far, reports in Russia stating they are looking to cut their wage bill to fit UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

Former Arabian Gulf Champions Al Ahli have entered into discussions with the Portuguese star’s entourage in the hope of luring him to the middle-east. An high level of optimism is growing that they can hold off interest from some of Europe’s top clubs and successfully conclude talks in the near future on a marquee signing.

Al Alhi are determined to secure the services of the Zenit captain in the hope of injecting quality into a side who have slumped from treble holders during 2013-14 to 6th place in the Arabian Gulf League.

Danny has the pedigree to prove an inspired acquisition for the majority of sides in Europe as the Venezuela-born wizard has scored 43 goals in 133 top-flight appearances for Zenit during his seven year stint. During this time, he has won two Russian Premier League titles, a Russian Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and a single Russian Super Cup.


Reports this week suggested that Danny had agreed an agreement to join Besiktas this summer. Besiktas have been linked with the Zenit St. Petersburg playmaker Danny by the Turkish newspaper Fanatik. According to the report the Black Eagles are looking to bring a star name to the club for the opening of the new Vodafone Arena. The report goes onto state that Danny has met with Besiktas to discuss personal terms recently. Danny has 11 assists and five goals in 33 appearances this season.

However fellow Turkish side Fenerbache and an unnamed Chinese club have been linked with a move for the former Dynamo midfielder. Wherever the captain of the biggest club in Russia’s second city ends up, the excitement level at the club will only grow further.


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Author: Shane Burns

I am a final year history and economics student, as well as a Man City supporter. I may be the only Irish person to follow the Russian Premier League with such passion, but I like it that way. My love for Russian football stems back to the strike partnership of Love and Jo upfront for CSKA. These days, however, I can be seen following Torpedo or Dynamo.

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