Oleksandr Zinchenko has given a poignant interview after Manchester City were confirmed Premier League champions – the Ukrainian revealing his hopes of one day bringing the trophy back to his homeland.
City sealed their fourth league crown in the past five years by powering Liverpool to the post with an incredible comeback victory over Aston Villa.
Tempers were understandably high at the Etihad at the end of the game as City celebrated their sixth Premier League crown.
But for Zinchenko, it was also a moment of reflection on what has been a truly trying year for him on a personal level amid the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.
Zinchenko told Sky Sports: “These are unforgettable emotions for me.
“For all Ukrainians, who are starving right now, they are surviving in my country because of Russian aggression.
“I am so proud to be Ukrainian and I would like to bring this title to Ukraine one day, for all Ukrainians because they deserve it.”
He added: “Honestly, at times, especially in the beginning, I didn’t even think about football too much because it’s impossible to live with what’s going on in my country at the same time.
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“But with all the support I’ve had, in the past and during this period, we did it!”
Zinchenko also took the time to thank his teammates and Man City fans for the support they’ve shown him all season.
He said: “It means everything to me. I want to die for these people, all these supporters because what they gave me during this difficult period of my life, I appreciate them so much.
“I will never, ever forget it.”