MOSCOW, August 12. /TASS/. Montenegrin footballer Luka Djordjevic has left Zenit St. Petersburg to join Lokomotiv Moscow FC, the press office of the football club in Moscow announced on Monday.
Lokomotiv Moscow FC’s press service did not provide the details of the contract with the 25-year-old forward, stating only that Djordjevic’s jersey in the team will be Number 22.
"I am very glad to join such huge club as Lokomotiv," Djordjevic was quoted as saying in a statement posted on the club’s official website. "It is extremely important that people are really waiting for me here and believe in me."
"It gives me extra strength. I see my future with Lokomotiv Moscow," he added.
Commenting on the transfer, Lokomotiv Moscow Director General Vasily Kiknadze said: "We are very glad to sign a contract with Djordjevic."
"Luka is a very good and multifaceted forward, who will freshen up the team and add variability on the offense," Kiknadze said. "I am sure that Djordjevic will reinforce our team and we pin great hopes on him."
Kiknadze also noted that the talks on the transfer with Zenit St. Petersburg FC were "easy and brief."
"Negotiations with Zenit were easy and brief," Kiknadze said in an interview with TASS.
"Did the injuries of [Peru’s] Jefferson Farfan and [Portugal’s] Eder play a role in the Djordjevic deal? Not at all, as our decision was mostly influenced by the way he played against our club for FC Arsenal [Tula]," he continued.
Playing on loan for Arsenal Tula over the past season, Djordjevic scored a winner in the match against Lokomotiv Moscow FC and that goal put out all hopes of Lokomotiv to win the Russian Championship making Zenit St. Petersburg FC the 2018/2019 RPL сhampion in advance.
"Using the world ‘impressed’ is not suitable for us as we have conducted thorough analysis, considered various candidacies and only then made our choice in favor of this particular footballer," Kiknadze added.
Plans of Zenit FC following the sale of Djordjevic
Russian football club Zenit St. Petersburg has no plans of acquiring a new player for its offensive line after trading Montenegrin forward Luka Djordjevic to Lokomotiv Moscow, Zenit FC Director General Alexander Medvedev told TASS on Monday. "We have no plans of acquiring another player for the offensive line during this transfer window."
"We have finalized the transfer of Djordjevic to Lokomotiv," Medvedev said in an interview with TASS. "This is not a loan agreement, but a transfer deal that was inked on market conditions."
"Although Luka did not play a lot for our club, he was with the team since 2012 and played on loan agreements, including for European clubs. He has been always very professional…," Medvedev continued.
Djordjevic joined Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer of 2012 and played 30 matches for the club in which he scored three goals and delivered two assists. As part of Zenit, Djordjevic became the 2016 Russia Super Cup winner, as well as silver and bronze medalist of the Russian Championships (2013 and 2017 respectively).
Between the summers of 2017 and 2019, Djordjevic played on loan in 50 matches for Russia’s Arsenal Tula FC booking 16 goals and six assists.
He was listed among the Top 33 Russian Premier League players based on the results of the 2018/2019 season.