What Perugia president Gino Sirci announced two months ago was confirmed by Zaytsev himself – he will not stay on the roster of the Italian cup and Super cup winners.
“It’s well-known to all that I feel like opposite and I want to play as an opposite. And this was also known to President Sirci when I signed the contract with Perugia. The deal was that I would’ve been an outside hitter for two years and then I would’ve had the chance to return to my role also knowing that both Atanasijević and I would’ve been out of contract. Instead, they have renewed with him, as he had excellent performance, while I’ve never even been called to talk. Perugia made the choice, not me,” Zaytsev said to Corriere della Sera.
“It wasn’t a problem of sponsors, it has never been. I would wear Mizuno but if a model that meets the specifications I asked comes from Japan. For me the rules are important, but also is my health.”
Zaytsev shared the great news with Italian fans when he was asked if he would accept the call to join the national team for the 2018 FIVB World Championship…
“Play at home is a unique opportunity. I couldn’t imagine it without me. And, also, there’s the only medal I miss…”