Ukrainian U21 international Andrii Kravchuk will train with Premier League champions Manchester City after traveling to the UK as a refugee.
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Kravchuk terminated his contract with Russian Torpedo Moscow and fled to Manchester after Russia’s invasion of his homeland.
City have received permission from the Ministry of the Interior and the football authorities for Kravchuk to work on his under-23s for the rest of the season.
FIFA has allowed foreign players in Russia and Ukraine to temporarily suspend their contracts to move elsewhere.
However, the Premier League has not allowed any such players to register for first-team games until the end of the season.
The event was created by the city’s Ukrainian national team player Oleksandr Zinchenko, a childhood friend of Kravchuk because both were in the Shakhtar Donetsk Academy.
Kravchuk linked to City for the first time on Thursday.
“I am so grateful to Manchester City for giving me this chance to train with them,” said the 23-year-old.
“The last few weeks and months have been so difficult, but being back on the pitch means so much to me.”
Kravchuk had been at a training camp in Turkey with Torpedo Moscow when the war broke out.
“There were nice people around me at the club but I played in a country that invaded my home country,” he added.
“Leaving the club was the only decision. People in Ukraine would not understand me if I continued to play there.”
Zinchenko has continued to play despite the distress of the war at home and has received a boost of support from both City and opponent fans.
“Although I wish the circumstances were very different, it has been good to be back with Andrii today,” said Zinchenko.
“I know how much football means to him and how it can help us during these difficult times. I would like to thank my club for giving him the opportunity to train with us.”
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