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Football: Valbuena completes Dynamo Moscow move

France international playmaker Mathieu Valbuena has completed his transfer from Marseille to Dynamo Moscow, the Russian club confirmed on Saturday (August 2).

MARSEILLE: France international playmaker Mathieu Valbuena has completed his transfer from Marseille to Dynamo Moscow, the Russian club confirmed on Saturday (August 2).

Dynamo announced on their Twitter feed that Valbuena had signed a three-year deal in the Russian capital. The confirmation came after a Marseille director, speaking before his team's friendly against Italian club Chievo in southern France, told journalists that Valbuena had departed for a transfer fee of 7.5 million euros (£6 million, US$10 million).

The 29-year-old Valbuena, who underwent a medical earlier on Saturday, will reportedly earn 10 million euros (£7.9m, $13.4m) over the course of the three-season deal.

Valbuena has won 38 caps for France, including featuring in four games during Les Bleus' run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Brazil last month. He joined Marseille in 2006 and helped the south-coast side win the Ligue 1 title in 2010, but OM have been open to offers for Valbuena and other leading players as they look to cut costs after failing to qualify for this season's Champions League.