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AFC Bournemouth sign Zabarnyi from Dynamo Kiev

31 Jan 2023
Illia Zabarnyi

Ukraine centre-back becomes the club’s fifth signing of the January transfer window

AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of Ilya Zabarnyi from Dynamo Kyiv.

The 20-year-old Ukraine defender becomes AFC Bournemouth’s fifth signing of the January transfer window, following the arrivals of Dango Ouattara, Darren Randolph, Antoine Semenyo and Matias Vina.

"We are absolutely delighted to bring Illia to the club and he arrives with a burgeoning CV," AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told the club's official website.

“Despite only being 20, he has played at the highest level for club and country and has established himself as one of the most sought-after young defenders in the world.

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“We are very much looking forward to seeing him continue his development with us and know he will be a valued and important member of our squad.”

Zabarnyi came through Dynamo’s academy system and went on to make 50 league appearances, scoring one goal. He has appeared a further 21 times for the club in the UEFA Champions League and nine in the Europa League.

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The centre-back earned his first Ukraine cap aged 18 and played a further 23 times for his country, five of those appearances came at UEFA Euro 2020.

Zabarnyi could make his debut this Saturday when AFC Bournemouth face south-coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

See: January 2023 transfers


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