MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. German football club Schalke’s Soviet Union-born midfielder Roman Neustaedter has arrived in Moscow and joined the Russian national squad for a period of training ahead of the European Football Cup finals in France, due on June 10 through July 10.
"Neustaedter is with the team now," Russian Football Union spokesman Igor Vladimirov has told TASS.
Russian Football Union President Vitaly Mutko has said the issue of Neustaedter’s citizenship is closed.
"Neustaedter is at the Russian team’s base. He is a Russian citizen. This subject can be considered closed," Mutko said.
Russia are leaving for Switzerland on Tuesday for a training session. In preparations for the European Cup it will play two friendlies: with the Czech Republic in Innsbruck, Austria, on June 1, and with Serbia in Monaco on June 5. Russia’s rivals in the group are England, Slovakia and Wales.Neustaedter was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in 1988. He moved to Germany in the first half of the 1990s. His father, Pyotr Neustaedter, is remembered by the senior generation of Russian fans as a Soviet top league footballer who played for such clubs as Kairat, Dnepr, Tavria, Spartak (Vladikavkaz), and later for Carlsruhe, Kemnitzer and Mainz. Neustaedter Jr.’s aunt and grandmother live in Russia.
Roman Neustaedter has played for Schalke since 2012. Previously he appeared in the line-up of Mainz and Borussia, of Moenchengladbach. He has to his credit two matches played for Germany’s national team. Both were unofficial and he will have an opportunity to play for Russia as soon as he gets his Russian passport.
In the meantime the Russian consulate general in Bonn has received no instructions yet to issue a Russian passport to Neustaedter, its official told TASS on Tuesday.
"As soon as we have the instruction to issue a passport to him, we will contact him at once and agree when he is to visit us to complete the procedure," the consulate said.