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Man City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko attracting ‘interest’ from Real Betis but wants to stay

Real Betis ‘revive their interest in Oleksandr Zinchenko’ after talking to the left-back in 2018… ‘but Ukraine international wants to stay at Manchester City and earn new deal’

  • Oleksandr Zinchenko has made just nine starts for Manchester City this term 
  • Joao Cancelo has excelled in that position after Benjamin Mendy’s suspension 
  • Real Betis tried to sign the Ukraine international on loan in the summer of 2018 
  • But now Manuel Pellegrini’s men are reportedly back in for the 25-year-old 


Real Betis are reportedly back in for Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko having previously made 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 matches for City this season and has featured in only 12 games altogether in 2021-22, largely owing to the excellent form of Joao Cancelo.

Real Betis are reportedly back in for Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko

Zinchenko has been restricted to nine starts all season due to Joao Cancelo's excellent form

Zinchenko has been restricted to nine starts all season due to Joao Cancelo’s excellent form

The Sun therefore claim a number of clubs across Europe, including LaLiga outfit Betis – managed by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini – have been put on alert as to Zinchenko’s situation at the Etihad Stadium.

The Seville-based outfit were interested in a loan deal for Zinchenko more than three years ago in the summer of 2018, but City’s push for a permanent deal worth upwards of £16million eventually saw him stay.

However, the report adds Zinchenko is determined to stay with City and earn a new deal at the club, although he still has two-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract.

The defender joined the current Premier League champions in 2016 for just £1.7m from FC Ufa in Russia. 

Betis - now managed by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini (R) - tried to sign Zinchenko in 2018

Betis – now managed by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini (R) – tried to sign Zinchenko in 2018

He then was sent out on loan to Dutch side PSV a month after joining, before returning to the Etihad a season later where he has gone to make 112 appearances and win three league titles, four Carabao Cups and an FA Cup. 

City have already sold a player to Spain this month, with Ferran Torres joining Barcelona in a £55million deal. 

The club have also been linked with a move for AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez, but any move for the Frenchman is unlikely to happen 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 fixture backlog.

Pep Guardiola may be reluctant to let Zinchenko go given the backlog of fixtures due to Covid

Pep Guardiola may be reluctant to let Zinchenko go given the backlog of fixtures due to Covid

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