- © RIA Novosti. Anton Denisov
© RIA Novosti. Anton Denisov
MOSCOW, January 17 (R-Sport) - Ex-Brazil striker Vagner Love has signed for his former club CSKA Moscow on a three-and-a-half year contract, the Russian league leaders have said.
Vagner Love, 28, became the Russian Premier League’s top-scoring foreigner during eight years with CSKA before he was sold to Flamengo last year, only to be released from his contract Sunday amid reported financial problems at the Brazilian side.
“I’m very happy that I’ve returned home again,” he said on the team website, and promised not to repeat the transfer pleas that were a regular feature of his first spell in Russia.
“I can assure our fans that I won’t ask to move away any more. I’ll only go when the president says so - that’s enough.”
Vagner Love flew out with the CSKA team for their winter break training camp in Spain on Thursday, but said he was already fit thanks to pre-season work with Flamengo.
“If there was a match tomorrow, I’d be delighted to go out onto the pitch,” he said.
“I’m not 100 percent ready yet, but I can already go out onto the pitch, I can already play.”
The Brazilian joins a CSKA strike force already set to be bolstered by the return of injured striker Seydou Doumbia when the season resumes in March.
He scored 117 goals in 244 games for CSKA in his first spell with the club. Homesickness often left him unsettled, leading to two loan spells in Brazil before he finally departed.
He amassed 20 caps for Brazil and scored five international goals between 2004 and 2007.
While at Flamengo, he scored 13 goals in 36 games in the Brazilian Serie A.