Two months ago, Perugia president Gino Sirci stated Zaytsev will leave the club. A month ago, the player himself blamed Perugia for ending collaboration.
Now, after winning the first-ever Scudetto, things have obviously changed in Perugia. The statements of both Zaytsev and Sirci, which they gave at the end of Game 5 of the playoff finals vs. Cucine Lube Civitanova, showed it unequivocally.
„My story with Perugia might continue if the president wants it. It’s all in his hands. As I already said, it does not depend on me. I expressed my desire to stay long ago. The ball is in his hands,“ Zaytsev said for TG RAI Umbria and iVolley Magazine transferred.
„A month and a week ago, Zaytsev said he was thinking of staying in Perugia. We have seriously begun to make changes in the team. He had said four or five months ago that he wanted to play as an opposite, therefore, now that he has said that, we are seriously thinking about keeping him. We just have to find an economic agreement. Our will is to keep him, and it is a matter of a few thousand euros. I think we will find the agreement this week to make him stay because the most famous face of an Italian volleyball cannot escape from Perugia,“ Sirci stated in a studio after winning the national title.
Many clubs were mentioned as Zaytsev‘s new destination for 2018/19 but only one, allegedly, started to negotiate with him.