Mother of all ‘come-and-get-me-pleas’
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 Championat.com.
“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.