Man City Signs Ukraine International Oleksandr Zinchenko


Manchester City have completed the signing of Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The 19-year-old midfielder scored twice in 26 appearances last season for Russian club FC Ufa, having joined from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer in 2015.

The teenager played in all three of Ukraine’s matches at Euro 2016, coming on as a substitute against Germany and Northern Ireland, before starting against Poland.

Ukraine however, failed to score a goal in Group C as they lost to Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland.

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He broke Andriy Shevchenko’s record by becoming the youngest player to score for his national team in the 4-3 win over Romania in May.

Zinchenko becomes City’s fourth signing under new boss Pep Guardiola, following the captures of Ilkay Gundogan, Aaron Mooy and Nolito, who sealed his transfer from Celta Vigo on a four-year contract on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, the club’s new manager Pep Guardiola was finally introduced to fans over the weekend, more than five months after it was first announced that he would be taking over from Manuel Pellegrini this summer.

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Speaking at a special event on Sunday, the new boss said:

 “I proved myself in Barcelona and again in Germany and now I want to prove myself with my staff and amazing players that Manchester City has and the ones who will join us.”

“We want after every game for fans to be proud of the player. At the end we will see what our level is to win titles. What I want is after the game, after the season, for our supporters and those who love football to enjoy it.”

“That is the most important thing. After that maybe we will win titles but if the people are not proud then there is nothing to do. We need our fans. I cannot do it alone. We need the players, the staff and our fans. Without them this is impossible,” he added.