Russian and VTB United League champions remain the most active club in the market so far this summer. Vitaly Fridzon became the latest addition to CSKA Moscow’s roster.
Fridzon joins CSKA after spending 9 years with the local rivals Khimki. The 27-year-old Russian international was the captain of his former club.
After his contract with Khimki expired, Fridzon decided to look for another club and CSKA was first club in the queue to get his signature. He will stay in Russian capital for at least two years having signed a ‘2+1’ deal.
Andrei Vatutin, the President of CSKA Moscow commented on the addition of Fridzon:
“Vitaly is one of the leaders of the Russian national team, Olympic bronze medalist, recognized in Europe as a sniper in shooting guard position, who was so lacking in our team last season, a real fighter on the court. We have long standing respectful relationship, we have always wanted Fridzon to bring Khimki to a new level, and I think he succeeded. I am confident that the skills and character of Vitaly will help us to achieve higher goals. Players of this level are needed in all the clubs of the continent, and I’m very glad that Vitaly chose CSKA. I’m sure we made a successful acquisition.”
Ettore Messina, CSKA head coach:
“Fridzon has been our long-time rival, which aroused great respect for the team. He is well known for his qualities of a sniper, a strong character, the ability to defend. I know perfectly well Vitaly for his performances for the national team of Russia, in which he played the leading roles and has become an integral part of recent successes. Happy to welcome him to CSKA Moscow.”