Domenico Criscito has confirmed that he will leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer, with the left-back expected to re-join Genoa.
Criscito spent seven seasons at Zenit, where he made over 200 appearances, worked under fellow Italians Luciano Spalletti and Roberto Mancini and won two League titles.
However, the 31-year-old will follow Mancini out of St Petersburg, having reportedly signed an eight-year contract with former club Genoa, which includes a non-playing role.
“I want to say ‘thank you’ for these wonderful seven years that I’ve spent here with you,” he told fans of the Russian club after he assisted two goals in their final League game on Sunday.
“Thank you for the way you accepted me. Today’s a sad day - my adventure in Russia and St. Petersburg is coming to an end.
“These were unforgettable years because I spent them with you, and today I feel like I’m leaving my home. This stadium’s become my home, and I’ll miss you all.”