Rukavina leaves Villarreal, joins Astana

Serbian international Antonio Rukavina has left Villarreal to join Kazakhstan champions FC Astana, it has been confirmed.

The 34-year-old spent four years at the Yellow Submarine, making 99 appearances, after joining from Real Valladolid in 2014.

The hugely experienced defender was part of his national side’s – for whom he has won 49 caps – ventures in this summer’s World Cup.

Astana will be in the preliminary rounds of this season’s Champions League.

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