Vyacheslav Karavaev and Yordan Osorio met the media at the Zenit Arena

Our two new players were introduced to the media at our main club store at 20 Nevsky Prospekt.
Vyacheslav Karavaev and Yordan Osorio met the media at the Zenit Arena
The players presented their new squad numbers to the fans and left their signatures on the store’s wall of fame.

"I feel great and am 100% ready. I am sure that I will be of help to the team" Vyacheslav Karavaev told those present.  

“I've arrived with one aim, to get into the the team as soon as possible and it is very important for me that Emanual Mammana is here and speaks the same language as me, as well as playing in defence. This will make my adaptation easier" said Yordan Osorio.

Questions to Karavaev:

Very few Russian players leave to play in Europe. Do you feel you have taken a step down coming here?

No, it is not lower. Zenit is a top club, what else can I say? For me, this is a step up and a big challenge.  

You have strong competition in your position with Igor Smolnikov at Zenit and Mario Fernandes for Russia. What do you think you can learn from them? Perhaps the way Mario can head the ball?

I have not thought about it. I need to play to my strengths and do my best to help the team.

A question for both players, just after you signed, Zenit beat Spartak. Did you watch the match? Did Zenit deserve the win?

Karavaev: I didn’t see it, because I played for Vitess that day.

Osorio: I knew it was an important match and the players really turned up for this match, yes I think Zenit deserved the win.

Question to Osorio:

Yordan, Did you like your first tunnel? Did anyone give you a hard kick?

It's a wonderful tradition, even with all the kicks I got. This helps you to feel like a real part of the team.

You can buy game Vyacheslav Karavaev's and Yordan Osorio's shirts at all our official club stores including shop.fc-zenit.ru.