Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano open to Ukraine switch

AFP, Monday 28 Jul 2014

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazil-born forward Luiz Adriano has said he is considering becoming a Ukrainian citizen to make himself eligible for the national team, local press reported Monday.

"It's true, I have an intention to receive Ukrainian citizenship," the 27-year-old striker was quoted as saying by the www.football.ua website.

"But my final decision will depend on the situation in Ukraine," said Adriano, alluding to the conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.

"In the case that things return to normal I will be happy to to receive a Ukrainian passport," he added.

Adriano joined Shakhtar in 2007 and has scored 108 goals in 235 matches for the five-time defending Ukrainian champions.

Ukraine coach Mikhail Fomenko has previously said that Adriano would receive a call-up to the national team right after he receives a Ukrainian passport.

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