Anzhi Makhachkala Snap Up Manchester City Midfield Starlet

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Young midfielder makes Russian switch.

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Manchester City have confirmed that young midfield ace Abdul Razak has joined Russian Premier League outfit Anzhi Makhachkala on a permanent deal, Sky Sports reports.

The 20-year-old Ivorian international linked up with City from Crystal Palace back in 2010 but could only manage to make seven appearances during his three year spell, with the last coming in a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in May.

With a host of big-name players at the Etihad Stadium, Razak is not the last young player who has struggled to break past the many more established names in the squad.

Razak, who had spells on loan with the likes of Portsmouth, Brighton and Charlton during his time at City, joined Russian side Anzhi on a season-long deal at the start of September.

This move has now been made permanent, as Anzhi have taken up the option of signing the youngster from City.

A statement on the official City website read: “Due to the terms of the deal that took Abdul to Russia initially on loan, his transfer became permanent after his first appearance against CSKA at the end of September.”

Though he has featured just 24 times in his club career to date, he has managed to wrack up four international caps with the Ivory Coast, most of which came in the most recent African Cup of Nations, and he is largely tipped to have a big future on the international stage.

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