Benjamin Garre signed a contract with the Russian football club Krylia Sovetov for three and a half years
An Argentinian professional footballer, Benjamin Garre, has declared his intention to apply for Russian citizenship just months after signing a contract with club Krylia Sovetov based in the Russian city of Samara.
The soccer star first told club manager Sergey Kornilenko about his plans, Russian sports channel Match TV reported this week. During a conversation with the channel, Garre confirmed his intention. “I could spend many years in this country. I’ve only been here for a month, but I feel good already!” he said.
“I want to get a [Russian] passport, and I am ready to spend many years in Russia,” he added. Last week, his agent, Emilio Champion, told Match TV that he was helping the footballer get all the necessary documents for Russian citizenship.
“We are still in the process of collecting all the necessary paperwork… It will take some time to complete all the [Russian] government requirements, said the champ. Earlier, Champion also said that Garre was likely to give up his Argentine citizenship to get Russian citizenship.
Garre is the grandson of 1986 FIFA World Cup champion Oscar Garre. In 2015, the young footballer became the bronze medalist of the 2015 South American Championship for players under 15 years old.
In 2016, he signed with English club Manchester City. In 2020, he returned to Argentina and joined Racing Club de Avellaneda before joining Club Atletico Huracan on loan. In January, he joined Krylia Sovetov in a transfer worth 1.75 million euros ($1.92 million).
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