"It's mostly [that] I just stand-in for this tournament, I just knew that they were changing shox, so they obviously needed the stand-in, and it happened that I had got an agreement with VP that I could stand-in. It wasn't maybe at the start on the radar for me, now, after qualifying for playoffs, I don't know what's gonna happen, maybe if it's possible I'm gonna maybe stick with the team."
"We are working with @yek1ndar to hopefully have some good long term news soon ^_^"
Not sure where either of these quotes led you to believe this: "He's signing, VP is just a Russian oligarch org and it's a 1 million buyout so it's hard. The manager tweeted that it's pretty much set and they're just figuring out logistics."
The reality is that VP want over $1 million for Yekindar and his contract is expected to expire within the first half of 2023. Liquid have to circumvent sanctions and also don't want to pay that much money unless it means Yekindar is going to sign a long term contract with them. There is a good chance Yekindar ends up with Liquid in the long term, but to say that "it's pretty much set and they're just figuring out logistics." isn't set in stone by any means considering Liquid specifically mentioned they are speaking with Yekindar and not even talking to VP. Even in Yekindar's quote from Cologne he said that "I had got an agreement with VP that I could stand-in." For all we know Liquid aren't even directly negotiating with VP due to sanctions. The entire situation is extremely complicated for everyone involved, hence why the manager said "hopefully". That's nowhere near as concrete as you are claiming, especially when they have been working towards permanently acquiring Yekindar for months now. For all we know Yekindar wants to play out the remainder of his current contract with Liquid but doesn't want to commit to a long term deal that requires him to travel far more than he has been accustomed to as a player for CIS teams.
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