Striker Artem Dzyuba has moved to Turkish side Adana Demirspor.
According to one journalist, Artem Dzyuba will feel more at home in Turkey thanks to the nuclear power plant being built not far from Russia’s new soccer team, Adana Demirspor.
Dziuba, 33, was unveiled as a new signing by Turkish Super League leaders Demirspor on Thursday after the forward left Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg at the end of last season.
Dziuba has already hinted that he is settling into his new environment on the Mediterranean coast – and Turkish journalist Siamand Kakamaz has suggested that there is one factor that will help further.
Namely, the presence of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Mersin province, just west of Adana.
Mersin is 30 minutes from Adana, Russia is building a nuclear power plant there, many Russians live there. Kacmaz told Russia Match TV Channel
“Besides, football is very popular in Turkey. Maybe Dziuba started to wonder why he didn’t come to Turkey first.
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Russia, through a subsidiary of state-owned Rosatom, is helping build the Akkuyu nuclear power plant – Turkey’s first, which is expected to come online in 2023.
Meanwhile, Dziuba shared a video of her new home on social media and told fans that she is very impressed with the Turkish city.
The 6ft 5in striker left Zenit as a free agent after helping them win a fourth consecutive Russian Premier League title.
He has joined Demirspor on a one-year deal with an option for a further season.
The frontman is his country’s joint top scorer in international football, netting 30 times in 55 appearances for Russia.
However, former Russia captain Dzyuba has not featured for the national team since last summer’s disappointing early exit from Euro 2020.
At Demirspor, Dziuba Sanky will link up with former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli, as well as former Zenit teammate Jaroslav Rakitsky.
After finishing ninth in the Turkish Super League table last season, Demirspor lead the current campaign with two wins from two games.
Addressing. TASSThe Turkish club’s sporting director, Gokhan Gokturk, said he expects Dziuba to score 20 goals this season.
Dziuba is an experienced football player, he will be able to do that. Gokturk suggested that the arrival of the Russian would not faze the notoriously temperamental Balotelli.
Demirspor are in action against Istanbul giants Fenerbahce next Monday night, in what could be a great introduction to Turkish football for Dzyuba.