Zenit St Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat is resigned to losing captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk to Bayern Munich.
The 29-year-old Ukraine midfielder is expected to join the Bundesliga club this summer in a deal worth €14 million.
“He is one of our top players but we’ll have to do without him after July,” Advocaat told Reuters.
“I’m used to losing key players by now, that’s the price you pay for being successful,” said the Dutchman.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to get a worthy replacement for him and sign a big player over the summer.”
Advocaat lost Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin earlier this month when he joined Arsenal in a big-money move.
The Zenit boss said he was looking to win the Russian league title and another UEFA Cup trophy.
“I’m not going to say that one is more important than the other. With this club we try to win every competition we are playing,” he said.