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Spartak: It was right time to let McGeady go


SPARTAK MOSCOW insist that it was common sense for the Russian club to sell Ireland star Aiden McGeady to Moscow earlier this month, before the winger's contract with Spartak ran out.

McGeady (above) made his full debut for the Toffees in their FA Cup win over Stevenage on Saturday and he is now in line to start in tomorrow's derby against Liverpool.

He was due to sign a pre-contract agreement with Everton and then join the club permanently in the summer when he was a free agent after his Spartak contract ran out, but the two clubs managed to come to an agreement to allow McGeady to seal his move.


"We always try to do things logically. That's not to say that the transfer presented some technical problems," said Roman Askhabadze, Spartak's sporting director.

"The officials at Everton knew that in six months they could get McGeady for free.

"But from our point of view that would have meant keeping hold of a player who has for a long time now stated his desire to leave Russia, as his family were not able to adapt to life in Russia, and that didn't make sense.

"Who would have gained from that situation? Not Spartak and not McGeady.

"So Everton acted correctly, we let them know that if they got McGeady in the summer, they would be getting a player who would not have had match practice.

"So we came to an agreement that it suited all three parties – Spartak, Everton and the player – to do the deal now and that's how it happened."