Serhiy REBROV: “War is not time for incredible transfers”

FC Dynamo Kyiv have signed 24-year-old Serbian defender Aleksandar Pantic, who had a contract with Villarreal CF, featured for Deportivo Alaves on loan, but came to Kyiv side as free agent. “Sport Express in Ukraine” has discussed the newcomer and situation in the team with Dynamo head coach Serhiy Rebrov.

- They say Pantic is a versatile defender, who can play both as centre back and left lateral. Still though he spent half a year in Alaves he took the field only twice. Doesn’t that bother you?

- It doesn’t. Our scouts followed him and some other players for a while, so I’m familiar with potential of Aleks. Before inviting him to Dynamo we studied all his strengths.

- What are these strengths?

- He has experience of performances in the La Liga: he featured for Villarreal, Cordoba and Eibar. He has good technical skills, defends aggressively. When Dragovic came to our club he also wasn’t very well-known in Europe, but we knew he was a promising player.

- Have you already talked to Pantic?

- Unfortunately only with a help of interpreter so far: Aleks speaks Spanish pretty well, but doesn’t speak English. Still we have interpreter from Serbian which is his native language. Domagoj Vida will also help him adapt to the team. 


- Villarreal agreed to give Pantic the status of free agent. Was this factor important for your club?
- It’s not my province, but I must say we can’t sign players for big money at the moment. War is still on in our country and it’s inappropriate to conduct incredible transfers.

- Swedish midfielder Oscar Hiljemark won’t join Dynamo, but you’re still interested in enforcement for midfield. Are you going to sign anyone this winter?

- We’re in search of enforcement for different positions. Unfortunately the first part of the season wasn’t a success for us, so I think we should sign new performers and let players without motivation go.



- Speaking about the position of left back: Bohdan Mykhailychenko picked up an injury in the sparring against FC Liefering. Is it serious?

- No, it’s not. He’ll be ready for the second training camp.

- Dynamo U-21 and U-19 will have the second training camp in Turkey. Do you already know which reservists will go to Marbella with you?

- I won’t name them so far, but I’ve made my decision…

Dmytro ILCHENKO, Sport Express in Ukraine

* photo by A. Lukatskyi