© / Pavel LisitsynMario Fernandez
MOSCOW, July 26 – Former defender of CSKA Moscow and the Russian national football team Mario Fernandez did not want to use FIFA’s permission for foreign players to suspend contracts with Russian clubs in order to move to Brazilian Santos, according to Globo Esporte.
Santos was allegedly in an advanced stage of negotiations with Fernandez, but he did not receive permission to transfer from CSKA, and the Brazilian did not want to use the permission of FIFA, which had previously extended permission to suspend contracts with Russian clubs for foreign players until June 2023.
In July, CSKA PR Director Kirill Breido, according to Fernandez, told reporters that the player was not going to sign a contract with any of the Brazilian teams without the consent of CSKA. Also, journalist Fabio Aleixo on his Twitter said that Fernandez currently “does not want to play for any club” and intends to “rest and wait for the birth of the child.”
Fernandez, who extended his agreement with CSKA until the end of the 2023/24 season in 2021, announced in May 2022 that he was suspending his contract with the army team and returning to Brazil. According to the 31-year-old defender, his decision is not related to the events in the world, the player said that he feels the accumulated fatigue and would like to be with his family.
Fernandez moved to CSKA from the Brazilian Gremio in 2012. In total, the footballer played 328 matches for the Red-Blues, scoring 10 goals and giving 46 assists. The defender became a three-time champion of Russia with the army team, and also won the Russian Cup and the Super Cup twice. As part of the Russian national team, for which he made his official debut in 2017, Fernandez played 33 matches in which he scored 5 goals, took part in the 2018 home world championship. In September 2021, Fernandez retired from the national team.
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