Mother of all ‘come-and-get-me-pleas’

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

After be­ing loaned out to PSV Eind­hoven last sea­son, hav­ing been signed from Rus­sian club Ufa in the sum­mer of 2016 , 21-year-old Ukra­nian in­ter­na­tional Olek­sandr Zinchenko (above) has had an en­cour­ag­ing enough time of it at Manch­ester City in the cur­rent cam­paign, making 13 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

You’d imagine, then, that he’d be tin­gling with an­tic­i­pa­tion about his fu­ture prospects at the club and lov­ing his time in Manch­ester. But? He has one or two is­sues with life in Eng­land, as he told Cham­pi­

“English life ... to put it mildly, it’s not for me. The weather crushes me. Plus, in Rus­sia or Ukraine, there are more fun things to do …. the peo­ple here are less friendly than in Hol­land, but it’s un­der­stand­able: the sky is grey ev­ery day and it rains con­stantly…. And the sense of hu­mour is dif­fer­ent. They some­times laugh at things that we would not even smile at …. There is not enough home­made food. Once I asked to have borscht cooked for me and, of course, it didn’t taste the same as back home ….. I have friends in Manch­ester, al­though most of the time I’m by my­self. Also I am with my team-mates eight hours per day, so I like to take breaks from them.”

Those is­sues aside, he’s hav­ing a ball. Mind you, he in­sisted after the in­ter­view ap­peared that his words were trans­lated “out of con­text”.

But it’s hard to think of any con­text that didn’t trans­late in to the mother of all ‘come-and-get-me-pleas’ to any club out­side, to put it mildly, Eng­land.

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