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Ex-Man Utd winger Kanchelskis: Players only leave Russia, Ukraine for something special

Former Manchester United and Everton winger Andrei Kanchelskis can understand Premier League clubs finding it difficult to tempt players from Russia and Ukraine.

Kanchelskis says the wages on offer in Eastern Europe are on the par to what is in England.

"There is a different mentality these days among footballers," Kanchelskis told the Manchester Evening News.

"I didn't come over for the money, I came over for the football. That was my mentality. I wanted to improve my game and England was the place to do it. It was all about the football.

"Now in many cases it is all about the money first and then football second. In Russia and the Ukraine now players are on very good wages.

"They are comfortable. They have their wives and families and friends around. They don't have to worry about language problems. They have all the home comforts.

"So generally they are not so inclined to move away to improve their game. They are happy to stay where they know in familiar surroundings and are also being well paid."

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