Salomon Rondon loan move confirmed by CSKA
Last Wednesday (10 February) brought media claims that Salomon Rondon was on the move again.
The reports claimed that the 31 year old was set to return to Russia.
Salomon Rondon spent three years of his career (2012-2015) playing for Rubin Kazan and Zenit, before heading to the Premier League where he joined West Brom.
The reports said that Salomon Rondon was set to take his medical before joining CSKA Moscow.
Now on Monday morning the move has been confirmed!
CSKA Moscow releasing an official statement stating:
‘Salomon Rondon transferred to CSKA on loan
CSKA have agreed the transfer of the forward of the Chinese “Dalian Yifan” on loan.
The Venezuelan forward will play for the army until the end of the 2020/21 season.
Salomon joined the team in Campoamor and has already had his first training session.
Welcome to CSKA!’
— Salomón Rondón (@salorondon23) February 15, 2021
The striker has been with Dalian Pro for 19 months now, since the Chinese Super League club paid the £16.5m release clause to West Brom.
Salomon Rondon has scored 14 goals in 27 league starts (plus four sub appearances) for the Chinese club but their 2021 league season doesn’t kick off until April.
Little surprise that Salomon Rondon is on the move sooner rather than later.
Rafa Benitez was the major reason for the striker’s move to Dalian Pro and with Rafa Benitez announcing on 23 January 2021 that he had left the Chinese Super League club, not unexpected for Salomon Rondon to follow.
Maybe a big surprise that no Premier League club made a move in January, especially the likes of West Brom who did sign players and have allowed Sam Allardyce to spend money in order to try and avoid relegation. Surely Rondon himself would have been open to a Premier League return, almost certainly his first choice you would imagine.
With that Premier League transfer window closed now though, Salomon Rondon did have limited choice if he wanted to play football in the very near future. Russian clubs could still sign players until 25 February 2021.
CSKA Moscow are currently second in the Russian Premier League, four points behind leaders Zenit, Salomon Rondon moving in the short-term to Russia, interesting then to see what he will do this summer when the Russian season ends.
Good luck to Salomon Rondon, only 30 Premier League starts (two as a sub) in his one season at Newcastle United but directly involved in 18 goals (scoring 11 and seven assists), plus named NUFC player of the year.
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