Man City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko attracts ‘interest’ from Real Betis but wants to stay
Real Betis ‘rekindle their interest in Oleksandr Zinchenko’ after speaking to the left-back in 2018… ‘but the Ukraine international wants to stay at Manchester City and win a new contract’
- Oleksandr Zinchenko has made just nine starts for Manchester City this season
- Joao Cancelo has excelled in this position after the suspension of Benjamin Mendy
- Real Betis attempted to sign the Ukraine international on loan in the summer of 2018
- But now Manuel Pellegrini’s men are said to be back for the 25-year-old
Real Betis are reportedly back for Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko after making an effort to sign the versatile defender.
The Ukraine international appeared to become increasingly important to boss Pep Guardiola when fellow left-back Benjamin Mendy was suspended by City in August.
However, the 25-year-old has started just nine games for City this season and played just 12 games in total in 2021-22, largely thanks to Joao Cancelo’s excellent form.
Real Betis reportedly back for Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko
Zinchenko has been limited to nine starts all season due to Joao Cancelo’s excellent form
The Sun therefore claim that a number of clubs across Europe, including LaLiga side Betis – led by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini – have been put on high alert over Zinchenko’s situation at the Etihad Stadium. .
The Sevilla-based side were interested in a loan deal for Zinchenko over three years ago in the summer of 2018, but pressure from City for a permanent deal worth over £16m eventually brought him to stay.
However, the report adds that Zinchenko is determined to stay with City and secure a new contract with the club, although he still has two and a half years left to fulfill his current contract.
The defender joined the current Premier League champions in 2016 for just £1.7million from FC Ufa in Russia.
Betis – now led by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini (R) – tried to sign Zinchenko in 2018
He was then loaned to Dutch PSV a month after joining, before returning to the Etihad a season later where he went on to make 112 appearances and win three league titles, four Carabao Cups and an FA Cup.
City have already sold one player to Spain this month, with Ferran Torres joining Barcelona in a £55m deal.
The club have also been linked with a move for AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez but the Frenchman is unlikely to move in the next 10 days.
Guardiola is therefore unlikely to allow Zinchenko or any of his team-mates to leave, especially given the Premier League’s Covid backlog.
Pep Guardiola may be reluctant to let Zinchenko leave given Covid backlog