Krylya Sovetov signed a three-year contract with the 24-year-old defender. The amount of the transfer was not disclosed. According to Transfermarkt, it amounted to 281 thousand euros.
“Ilya is a Russian defender with a lot of strong playing qualities. He is 24 years old, this is a great football age. Now it is very difficult to acquire a quality Russian footballer for adequate money. We succeeded, we consider Gaponov a good acquisition. Ilya proved himself in matches for Krylya, and we expect him to continue to progress with our team, ”Sergey Kornilenko, sports director of Krylia Sovetov, commented on the transfer of Gaponov.
Gaponov, a graduate of Strogino, moved to Spartak in 2018, and made his debut in the main team of the Red-Whites in April 2019. Since then, the defender has played 23 matches for Spartak, becoming the silver medalist of the Russian Championship in the 2020/21 season as part of the Red-Whites. Last season, Gaponov managed to play six matches in the Russian Premier League (RPL) for Wings of the Soviets, in which he scored one assist.
Also, Krylya Sovetov signed a new contract with the team’s goalkeeper Evgeny Frolov. The agreement with the 34-year-old goalkeeper is for two years.