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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Denies Reports

MOSCOW -- Spartak Moscow on Thursday denied reports that Russian player of the year Dmitry Alenichev had signed for Italian side AS Roma.

Sport-Express newspaper quoted Alenichev as saying he had signed a contract with the Serie A side Wednesday and had been given the green light to leave the club by Spartak boss Oleg Romantsev. "The contract is valid for five years and comes into effect on July 1," Alenichev was quoted as saying.

But Spartak spokesman Alexander Lvov said by telephone the Moscow club had yet to decide whether to let the international midfield playmaker go.