Oleksandr Zinchenko invites young Ukrainian to Man City training


Oleksandr Zinchenko has revealed he invited a 10-year-old Ukrainian refugee for a training session at Manchester City.

City left-back Zinchenko, a Ukraine international, posted a picture on social media of himself playing football with the youngster.

Millions of people have fled Ukraine since the country was invaded by Russia in February.

Zinchenko wrote on Instagram: “This is Andriy. He is 10 years old. Today he is now safe. Like most Ukrainians, he and his family were forced to flee their homes due to the war.

“Seventy-five days ago, this boy dreamed of becoming a footballer and was training with his team carefree.

“Today, he only dreams of one thing: peace in our country. About normal life at home.

“It hurts me very much that because of the war there are many children like Andriy in Ukraine today, deprived of a childhood and, even worse, of a life.

“I believe that the day of our Ukrainian victory will come soon and all children will be able to relive their carefree childhood, full of childhood dreams and positive emotions, which Andriy could feel today for a few minutes during the training session.”

Zinchenko (right) also groomed friend and fellow player Andrii Kravchuk (left) to train with City (Manchester City)

Zinchenko, 25, has been outspoken about the war in his homeland and has been a leader for Ukrainians in the UK.

In March, he also arranged for his friend and former Shakhtar Donetsk teammate Andrii Kravchuk to train with City Under-23s after leaving Russian club Torpedo Moscow.

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