Joao Mario has signed an initial season-long loan deal with Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian Premier League club, announced.
Mario’s loan deal comes with an option which allows the Russian club to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the campaign.
Joao Mario moved to the Serie A side prior to 2016-17 season appeared 32 times in all competitions during his debut season.
However, he fell out of favour in the early months of the following campaign and was loaned out to Premier League side West Ham in January 2018, where he made 14 appearances.
Last season, the Portugal International made 22 appearances and was not selected for the matchday squad of the club on Monday for their Serie A opener against Lecce.
“I’m very happy to join Lokomotiv,” he told the club’s official website. “I know this is a big club. The team has a lot of experienced players.
“I asked [Manuel] Fernandes and Eder about the team when we played for the Portuguese national team. I spoke to Eder before this transfer. He told me Lokomotiv is a good team with a wonderful atmosphere.
“Playing in the Champions League is also an important factor.”
Joao Mario could make his debut on Saturday when Lokomotiv host Rostock at the RZD Arena.