Sat 10 September 2022
Sam Deroo has made a remarkable transfer to Russian top team Kazan. The captain of the Red Dragons goes to a country at war, which provokes a lot of negative reactions. “My motivation was to be able to play at a high level again,” Deroo explains his move.
“For me it is also a remarkable transfer”, opens Sam Deroo in a conversation with Sporza. “It was not an easy choice given the current circumstances, so I also thought about it for a long time. It was a bit of a confluence of several things.”
A lingering injury, no offers from other top clubs and absolute world top players in the core of Kazan. Those factors convinced Deroo to make his move.
“It’s a difficult decision because I knew that a lot of people could interpret the transfer as a statement of support for the regime here and the war. Those are completely different things for me. If I had the chance at a top club in Europe, I would I chose that.”
McDonald’s name is the only thing different here.
“I expected the negative reactions,” Deroo counters the criticism. “But our influence as volleyball players on politics is very small. I certainly didn’t come here for the money either. My motivation was to be able to play at a high level again.”
“Kazan is and remains a top club. If they are interested and I just come back from a long injury, then you should consider it. It is somehow a selfish decision to be able to play with world players, but certainly not a political one.”
The captain of the Red Dragons landed in Russia on Monday. He was warmly welcomed by the club and for the time being did not notice that the protracted war is alive with the Russians.
“You won’t notice a war going on here in the streets. The name of McDonald’s is the only thing that’s different here,” he concludes with a joke.