Former football player of the Russian national team Andrei Arshavin , commenting on the information that Zenit players Malcolm and Claudinho will receive Russian citizenship, opposed the naturalization of foreigners in Russian football. His words are reported by KP Sport .
“I am far from this story, so I don’t know in connection with what and why this is being done. I am against naturalization. I think that Russians should play for Russia , not Brazilians and people of other nationalities with Russian passports. Did Mario Fernandez play well? So what? I think he should not have played, ”said Arshavin.
Earlier it was reported that Malcolm and Claudinho will have the opportunity to play for the Russian national team if they receive the country’s citizenship in an expedited manner.
The Russian Football Union (RFU), at the request of the blue-white-blue, has allegedly already compiled a description of the South Americans. The media wrote that at the moment the process of obtaining a Russian passport in an expedited manner is already being implemented.
Recall, on September 18, it became known that Claudinho and Malcolm began the process of obtaining Russian citizenship. Malcolm has been with Zenit since 2019 and Claudinho since 2021. Both players are Olympic champions with Brazil .
Zenit confirmed that Malcolm and Claudinho expressed a desire to become Russians.