Lassana Diarra has joined Anzhi Makhachkala from Real Madrid
Last Updated: September 4, 2012 4:19pm
Lassana Diarra: Midfielder has left Real Madrid to join Anzhi Makhachkala on a four-year contract
Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has finalised his move to Anzhi Makhachkala after signing a four-year contract with the Russian club.
Spanish champions Real had announced over the weekend that Diarra was set to join Anzhi on a season-long loan, but he has now completed a permanent switch.
The 27-year-old former Chelsea and Arsenal player's arrival at Anzhi sits alongside Nikita Burmistrov's signing after he joined from Amkar Perm.
Anzhi chief executive Ayvaz Kaziakhmedo told the club's official website: "The signings of these footballers totally correspond to the strategy of our club achieving top aims.
"We are confident that, together with Lassana and Nikita, the club will fight for the most prestigious titles."
The experienced midfielder joins a host of high-profile names, including Samuel Eto'o, Christopher Samba and Yuri Zhirkov, in the ranks of the ambitious Dagestan club.
Diarra spent three-and-a-half seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu after joining from Portsmouth in January 2009.
The France international had also been a summer transfer target for AC Milan, who opted to sign Nigel de Jong from Manchester City instead.
He was also linked with Spartak Moscow, while Real's capture of Michael Essien on loan from Chelsea created the opportunity for Diarra to move on.