August 31, 2022
Venezia FC announce the acquisition of Russia international winger Denis Cheryshev on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Valencia. He has signed personal terms through the 2023/24 season with an option for an additional year.
Cheryshev, 31, came through the youth academy at Real Madrid and began his professional career with Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s reserve team, making 74 total appearances with 11 goals and four assists in three seasons in Segunda División B (third tier) and 34 appearances with 11 goals and eight assists in the 2012/13 season in Segunda División (second tier). In the latter season, on 27 November 2012, Cheryshev made his debut for Real Madrid’s first team in a win over CD Alcoyano in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.
Over the next three seasons, Cheryshev would go out on loan to Sevilla (2013/14), Villarreal (2014/15), and Valencia (2015/16), making a total of 44 appearances with eight goals and nine assists between La Liga and the Copa del Rey plus nine appearances with two goals and one assist in the UEFA Europa League across the three loan spells.
Within that time, Cheryshev spent the first half of the 2015/16 with Real Madrid, making his first two La Liga appearances for the club, scoring his first goal for the club in a Copa del Rey match against Cádiz CF, and making three appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
In June 2016, Cheryshev joined Villarreal in a permanent transfer, going on to make 35 total appearances in La Liga with two goals and two assists plus 11 total appearances in the UEFA Europa League with one goal and one assist over the next two seasons.
In August 2018, Cheryshev returned to Valencia on loan and later made the move permanent, ultimately spending the last four seasons at Mestalla Stadium, making 101 appearances with five goals and 10 assists in domestic competitions, nine appearances with two goals in the UEFA Champions League, and four appearances with one goal and two assists in the UEFA Europa League.
At international level, Cheryshev has earned 33 caps and scored 12 goals for Russia’s senior national team. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Cheryshev scored four goals in five appearances to help Russia reach the quarter-finals. His most recent appearance for his country came in a win over Cyprus in qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in September 2021.