Midfielder of Samara “Wings of the Soviets” Nikita Saltykov On the air of the program “Third Time” on MATCH PRIME, he spoke about the emotions he experienced when he received his first call-up to the Russian national team.
Saltykov, who turned 19 in August, left Chertanovo for Krylya Sovetov in 2022. From the Samara team, the footballer was loaned to St. Petersburg’s Zvezda and Akron. This season, Saltykov played 12 matches for Krylya Sovetov and scored 4 goals. In early September, he received his first call-up to the Russian national team.
— I was probably not so happy to go to the national team, because before that I was called up to the youth and youth teams. And now it was no longer the main thing: we were divided into two teams. But it’s still a source of pride that my work has not gone unnoticed.
We were all there together. Famous Russian footballers were with us. I saw everyone, we ate together. The technical staff constantly worked with us. I still felt it.
— Who was it interesting to be part of the same team with?
— Sasha Golovin. He is the most expensive Russian footballer. In addition, he is now playing at a very good level. I didn’t have any personal conversations with anyone. I did not receive individual advice. All that was missing was the sugar.
—Were you mentally prepared for this?
– Yes, what’s wrong? “I am independent of sweets,” Saltykov said on MATCH PREMIER.
For the Russian national under-23 team, Saltykov played two friendly matches with Egypt in September 2023, in which he scored an assist.
Source : MatchTV
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