Date: 19th June 2019 at 8:30pm
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CSKA Moscow have confirmed the signing of Nikola Vlasic on a five-year deal from Everton. The 21-year-old impressed on loan at CSKA last season and did enough to convince them to sign him permanently this summer. After completing the deal, Vlasic said he’s “happy and proud to sign” for the Russian Premier League outfit and will no doubt be hoping he can pick up where he left off in 2018.

Vlasic joined Everton from Hadjuk Split in 2017 and went on to make only 19 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals. His poor form in 2017/18 led to him being loaned out to CSKA in 2018/19 and he went to impress for the Koni. Vlasic scored and created 15 goals in 31 games as CSKA finished fourth in the Premier League and booked their place in the Europa League.

The Croatian u21 international had no future at Everton and was expected to leave this summer. He found himself behind Gylfi Sigurdsson in the pecking order under Marco Silva and was left with no other option but to seek a move away from Goodison Park to get first-team football. Vlasic failed to score or make an assist in the Premier League while at Everton, but he’s found his form in Russia.

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