Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin joins Monaco on five-year deal
Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, one of the heroes of their World Cup campaign, has joined AS Monaco from CSKA Moscow on a five-year deal, the two clubs said on Friday.
The versatile midfielder contributed a goal and two assists as the home team beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain before losing to Croatia on penalties in the last eight.
"He is a talented young player, very prominent during the World Cup, but we have been following him for a long time," Monaco vice president and chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said in a statement.
"He already has solid experience in the Russian first division and internationally.
"Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of AS Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress."
"This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambitions," Golovin said. "I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new teammates and to get going."
Golovin will boost Monaco's midfield options after they sold Joao Moutinho and Thomas Lemar to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Atletico Madrid, respectively.
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