Victor Moses, a former Chelsea player, has been left in limbo after the Premier League blocked his move to Burnley from Russia.
The Nigerian international is still playing for Spartak Moscow, and since the invasion of Ukraine, he has been isolated in the Russian capital, away from his friends and family. Under a special dispensation granted by FIFA and UEFA, Moses is technically out of contract until June 30 this year.
With a contract at Turf Moor, Burnley hoped to provide the 31-year-old with the opportunity to leave Russia and be reunited with his family in England. The Premier League, on the other hand, has denied Burnley’s request to sign Moses.
La Liga has been allowing clubs to sign players who have been forced to relocate due to the war, and Filip Uremovic has joined Sheffield United after his contract with Rubin Kazan was suspended. The Premier League has remained tight-lipped about the situation.
Burnley’s request was reportedly turned down due to concerns about sporting integrity, as the transfer window is currently closed until the end of the season. Despite FIFA and UEFA’s special permissions, the Bundesliga and Serie A have both declined similar requests.
Due to the sensitive nature of the situation, the decision has received a lot of criticism. Tim Sparv, a former Finland captain, insists that the issue of getting players out of Russia is critical.
“We need to do everything we can to help players get out of Russia, a dictatorship,” he told Sky Sports News. We need to give them the opportunity to play in a safe environment. This is a humanitarian issue.”
Both Leicester and Southampton are interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk winger Tete, according to talkSPORT. They are, however, expected to face the same issue. The transfer window for Ukrainian and Russian players is open until April 7.
After rising through the ranks at Crystal Palace, Moses joined Chelsea in 2012. Despite having signed a nine-year contract with the club, he spent the majority of his time on loan at Liverpool, West Ham United, and Inter Milan.