Oleksandr Zinchenko thinks of nothing but war in Ukraine. The Manchester City footballer knows that his homeland’s friends and family are having a hard time and hoped for more support from his former teammates in Russia.
The midfielder played for FC Ufa from 2014 to 2016 and had a number of acquaintances. “I had friends there, a small group, but there are few of them left,” he says in a major interview with The Guardian. “I’m so disappointed in them. They called me after the invasion and said they were sorry, but they can’t do anything. Of course they can. If you keep quiet, that means you support the Russian attack. I don’t understand why you do it. roads.”
Fear of revenge, according to Zinchenko, cannot be a reason. “Sometimes we see pictures on social media of Russians going to jail in protest. But footballers or people in general are not arrested if they all post on Instagram that the war must end? Nobody believes that anyway. that they are not talking. “
After the Russian period, Zinchenko played in PSV for a season, after which he became a valued player on the Manchester City Pep Guardiola teams. The 25-year-old Ukrainian is a midfielder by nature, but the coach is increasingly using him as a left-back.
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