Kazakhstan National Football Team Leader Joins 16-Time Turkish Champion Club

The player has arrived to Istanbul for Medical Examination.

18/08/2023 - 19:30
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Source: FC "Besiktas" official website
Source: FC "Besiktas" official website

Bakhtiyar Zainutdinov, the leader of the Kazakhstan national football team, is on the brink of transferring to Turkish side "Besiktas," as reported by Sarbaz.kz citing Turkish media sources.

Zainutdinov has been representing Moscow's CSKA for the past couple of years. In this transfer window, the Istanbul club initiated negotiations for the player's move, ultimately reaching an agreement. According to insiders, Besiktas will pay CSKA €4.5 million for Zainutdinov's transfer. The player's contract is expected to span four years, with an annual salary of approximately €1.2 million.

Zainutdinov has already arrived in Istanbul to undergo a medical examination and finalize remaining formalities. Following this, an official player presentation is anticipated. Interestingly, Zainutdinov will not be considered a foreign player in the Turkish championship, as players from Turkic-speaking countries are no longer classified as foreigners in the league starting this season.

The 25-year-old Zainutdinov is a product of the Zhambyl football school. He began his professional career with "Taraz" before moving on to "Astana" and eventually venturing to the Russian Premier League. In the Russian top flight, he initially played for "Rostov" and then made the move to CSKA. Zainutdinov has also participated in 30 matches for the Kazakhstan national team, netting 12 times.

"Besiktas" stands as one of the most decorated clubs in Turkey, having clinched the local championship a remarkable 16 times.

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