It became known about the desire of Arsen Zakharyan to change Russian citizenship to Armenian
It became known about the desire of the Dynamo midfielder and the Russian national team Arsen Zakharyan to change citizenship. This was stated in Twitter journalist Hrach Khachatryan.
Zakharyan is reportedly considering getting an Armenian passport instead of a Russian one. After that, he can also change his sports citizenship in order to play for the Armenian national team. Since Zakharyan has already played in the Russian national team, he is not eligible to represent another country. However, the International Football Federation (FIFA) can make an exception for him.
On August 26, information appeared that Zakharyan was close to moving to the English Premier League club Chelsea. However, on September 1, Dynamo reported that the transfer did not take place due to technical problems. Details of what happened were not disclosed.
On February 28, FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) excluded Russian teams and clubs from international tournaments. The teams do not play in European competitions, and the Russian team has lost its chances to participate in the 2022 World Cup.