Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has been linked with a move away from the club, with La Liga giants Real Betis said to have made a general inquiry about the player.
These are not unfamiliar waters for the Ukrainian full-back who has adapted seamlessly to the role of the second full-back. The 25-year-old can play as a left-back as well as in the midfield, making him an asset for the Cityzens.
Last season, Zinchenko was pivotal in City’s ascension to the top of the Premier League table and their dominating journey to their maiden UEFA Champions League final. Zinchenko enjoyed his best game in the semi-finals against Paris Saint-Germain and was very effective against Neymar.
With that said, Zinchenko has not featured much this season, having made only 12 appearances for the Sky Blues across all competitions this term.
With the omicron variant of COVID-19 rampaging through the Premier League, Zinchenko is expected to play a crucial role in this second leg of the season, where injuries, suspension, and rotation become very critical.
It is no wonder that the Premier League champions want to keep the left-back at the club because of his versatility and the asset that he can prove to be under trying circumstances. As per a new report from the Ukrainian football-based platform vZbirna, sources close to Zinchenko have claimed that the player is set to be offered a new contract by the Cityzens in the ‘nearest future’.
Zinchenko penned down a new contact in 2019, one that would see him extend his tie with the club until 2024. It seems that Manchester City are keen on rewarding the 25-year-old with a new contract and thus, extending their 6-year association.
Manchester City have been relatively inactive this winter but offering a new contract to Zinchenko would be one of the better decisions that the Cityzens have taken in the past.
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