Giannelli Imbula has been unveiled as number 95 at new club PFC Sochi – as it has emerged he is only under contract until the summer.
Imbula has left Stoke City by mutual consent with 16 months club remaining on the terms he signed in 2016, when he broke the club’s transfer record by joining for £18.3m.
The 27-year-old midfielder had not played for Stoke since March 2017 and had subsequently been on loan for relegation battles with Toulouse, Rayo Vallecano and Lecce, who tore up his deal his month after he had only played three times.
He has been welcomed to training by his new teammates, who formed a guard of honour for the former France youth international, who is now capped at senior level by Democratic Republic of Congo.
And he has a job on his hands in Russia.
Sochi – a club which was formed in 2018 – are bottom of the top flight and five points adrift of safety. They had a crowd of under 6,000 for their last home game in the 45,000-capacity Fisht Stadium, which was used at the World Cup.
But they have four home games in a row now – and five out of the next six. Next up are FC Ural on Sunday, followed by Orenburg, FC Krasnodor and FC Rostov.