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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Star Wants to Quit

Striker Vladimir Beschastnykh, who recently criticized his club Racing Santander to try to force a transfer, now wants to quit Russia's national team.

The international triggered an outraged response from Racing officials and the Spanish press after his remarks in the Russian newspaper Sport Express earlier this month.

Now, according to the same newspaper, Beschastnykh has asked the national team coach to drop him from the squad after playing 42 times for his country.

"In recent days Vladimir Beschastnykh has effectively lost his place on the Racing team and through our newspaper has even asked Oleg Romantsev not to call him up, so as not to take somebody else's place," Sport Express said in its weekend edition.

The striker, who appeared in only seven games for his Spanish side this season, said last week he regretted some of his earlier remarks. But Racing president Migel Diaz was outraged by the interview and vowed the Russian would never play for his club again.

The remarks that sparked the feud were aimed at the Racing coach, Gustavo Benitez.

"Believe it or not but sometimes lately I support the opposing team," Beschastnykh said at the time.