Yaroslav Rakitskiy chose the number 44
St. Petersburg “Zenith” on its website announced the transition defender “Shakhtar” Yaroslav Rakitskiy, who will defend the colors of the Russian club until the summer of 2022.
In the new team Rakitskiy will play under number 44. According to unofficial information, the Pitmen will receive about 12 million euros, and the salary Rakitskiy will be about € 25 million euros per season.
Yaroslav Rakitskiy is a graduate of Shakhtar and made his debut for the first team of 2009. In orange-black t-shirt, the defender has played 326 matches and scored 14 goals. Was 7-fold champion of Ukraine, 6-time winner of the Cup and super Cup.
Also Rakitskiy played 54 of the match for the Ukrainian national team, scoring 4 goals.
“7 years of my life I devoted to Shakhtar. Starting with the boarding school to which I came in 12 years, and in the main part. I’m proud of it and thank Shakhtar for giving the opportunity to realize my dream!
A big thank you to the fans that have been with me for all these years, and that with me now. Thank you for what you were and are real fans of football. Thank you to my family for the true support and love! My boundless gratitude to P. V. Blinova, J. A., Belichenko, I. I. Leonov, V. I. Yaremchenko, Mircea Lucescu for faith and trust. President, Rinat Akhmetov, such presidents as you are, no more. Thank You for everything!” – Rakitskiy wrote in his Instagram.
Note that the defender has mentioned in his article all the coaches, under whose leadership played in teams of “miners”, except the current head of the Donetsk Paulo Fonseca. Also noteworthy is the lack of mention of the Director of the club Sergei Palkin.
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