Hired in 2020 from Sporting, Wendel becomes one of Zenit’s headliners. The 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder was even coveted by Flamengo, but chose to stay in Saint Petersburg, even renewing until 2027 with the Russian team.
in conversation with the Globe SportsWendel justified the option, at a time when Russia is under heavy sanctions from FIFA and UEFA, due to the invasion of Ukraine.
“Zenit is a giant club and the Russian league is seen all over the world, so I know my work is followed. I was called up to the Olympic team to play here and now I dream of reaching the main team, but for that I have to continue to play well at Zenit,” he said.
Remember that Wendel has 64 games and 12 goals for Zenit. It also has two Russian championships and two super cups.