Shakhtar president: “I am sure that Mudryk will win love and respect”
Beating off competition from Arsenal, Chelsea signed Mudryk from Shakhtar on a record-breaking £89m deal which marks the highest fee received by a Ukrainian club. However, Shakhtar's president reveals his mixed feeling about the striker’s departure.
was officially unveiled duringChelsea
's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace after arriving on a deal that could reach £89m. Although the transfer marks a domestic record for the Ukrainian club,Shakhtar
's president Rinat Akhmetov was left with mixed feelings following the 22-year-old striker's departure.
Akhmetov toldthe club's official website
"I have mixed feelings: in order to win European trophies, I should invite such footballers as Mudryk to our club, to our Ukrainian league and not send them to the best championships and the best clubs in the world.
"However, I am sure that Mykhaylo will win respect, sympathy and love of all connoisseurs of world football with his speed, his technique, his impressive and beautiful play.
"Mykhaylo Mudryk is a Shakhtar graduate. The player joined the Academy of the Miners in 2016 and debuted with the senior team in the autumn of 2018 at age 17.
"Mudryk became the Ukrainian Super Cup winner (2021) together with the team. Fans recognised Mykhaylo Mudryk as Shakhtar Player of the Year twice (2021, 2022).
"FC Shakhtar thanks Mykhaylo for impressive play, good and important goals, and significant contribution to the team's victories. We wish you success in the strongest league in the world, many trophies and personal awards, great career achievements and constant enjoyment of football."
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