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After good World Cup, Mathieu Valbuena moves to Russia

Aug 3, 2014, 9:17 PM EST

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After spending eight years with Olympique Marseille in his home country of France, Mathieu Valbuena is moving abroad.

With Valencia, QPR, and West Ham looming, Dynamo Moscow announced last night they had completed the transfer for the 5′ 6″ winger, with Valbuena signing a 3-year deal.

The 29-year-old called Dynamo’s roster an “interesting project” and said he’s “happy to be part of it.”

After finishing fourth in the Russian Premier League last season, Dynamo are attempting return to the Champions League. Ironically, Valbuena’s first match with his new club will be a Europa League qualifier on Thursday.

During both the run up to the 2014 World Cup and during the actual event, Valbuena was impressive as France looked to deal without Franck Ribery on the wing.

He received much interest after his positive performances, and had originally rejected Dynamo Moscow before finally agreeing on the deal.

As a thank you for his service, Olympique released a video of Valbuena’s best moments at the club.

  1. drewvt6 - Aug 4, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    That’s an upward movement? From OM to Dynamo Moscow? Seems lateral if anything.

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