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Nigeria's Obafemi Martins signs for Russian champions

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Abuja

Obafemi Martins at the World Cup in South Africa
Nigeria's Martins had a disappointing World Cup in South Africa

Nigeria star Obafemi Martins has joined Russian champions Rubin Kazan on a three-year deal, the BBC can reveal.

The 25-year-old striker has left the German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for a new life in the Russian Premier League.

The player, who was part of the Super Eagles' squad which exited the World Cup at the group stage, said the move was perfect for him.

"A new beginning, a new start in a new country promises so much of a challenge for me," Martins told BBC Sport.

"I have to thank the fans of Wolfsburg, my former colleagues there and wish the club all the best for the future.

"I am joining a team of champions and I hope to bring my best to the club to make them even greater."

Despite arriving in Germany as a big money transfer from Newcastle, the Nigerian failed to settle at Wolfsburg - scoring six goals in 22 appearances.

His agent told the BBC that Rubin Kazan met all the player's requirements and ambitions.

"We spoke to the coach and he emphasised that Martins has a massive role to play in his team, which is encouraging," Nicola Walter said.

"It is a fresh start for Martins, after playing in Italy, England and Germany, he is happy to be part of the evolution and success of Rubin in Europe.

"Hopefully the European Champions League and the demanding Russian league will give the player something important to focus on after his World Cup disappointments," Walter said.



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