ST. PETERSBURG, December 18. /TASS/. One of Russia’s top footballers Alexander Kerzhakov announced on his Instagram account on Friday that starting January 1 he will be playing on loan for Zurich football club.
"Here is the news! I will be playing on loan for Zurich FC starting January 1!" Kerzhakov announced. "I had offers from numerous countries, but I chose the one, which impressed me most with its sincerity and warmth that a club’s president and a head coach may offer."
"The coach reassured me that although the league is not among the top ones it is the one to help me restore my game alertness, confidence and be of use for my new club," Kerzhakov wrote. "Playing for the club, I will also have the chance of returning to the list of candidates for the Russian national football team."
Kerzhakov, 33, the best forward of the Russian national football team, played for Zenit St. Petersburg FC in 2001-2006 and from 2010 till the present day. However, the club’s Portuguese head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, repeatedly stated earlier that he did not see Kerzhakov in the club’s main squad.
This season Zurich FC is ranked ninth in the league’s list of 10 clubs having packed 17 points in 18 games it played.
Kerzhakov scored a total of 30 goals in 90 matches playing for the Russian national team, becoming the top scorer of the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. On the overall, he scored 224 goals throughout his career in different football tournaments, including 160 scored goals in 368 matches playing for Zenit St. Petersburg FC.
Born on November 27, 1982 near St. Petersburg, Kerzhakov also played for Spain’s Sevilla FC (2007-2008) and Dinamo Moscow FC (2008-2009). He is married and has two children.