Former Russia manager Fabio Capello has some concerns about Aleksandr Kokorin’s move to Fiorentina. ‘He lost his way.’
Spartak Moscow and the striker confirmed a deal was done, with only formalities remaining to complete the transfer.
“Kokorin has all the qualities a forward needs to do well, but he needs to get accustomed to a different football and world around him,” Capello told Radio Bruno.
“Integration and the language barrier are not problems to be underestimated. When you don’t know the language, it becomes difficult even for a coach to make himself understood.”
Kokorin’s career has gone off the rails lately with a series of scandals, including an attack on a Russian Government official and local television reporter in 2018, which saw him sentenced to prison in May 2019, paroled in September 2019.
“I have no issues with his abilities on the pitch. He was the great hope of Russian football, but lost his way,” added Capello.
“I cannot really comment on his character, because I only saw him for brief periods on international duty.”