Shakhtar chief reveals the warning he gave Chelsea before they signed Mykhailo Mudryk
Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Serhiy Palkin insists Mykhailo Mudryk is not regretting his January move to Chelsea, but admits he is not surprised by the underwhelming start the winger has made to his Premier League career. The 22-year-old’s arrival at Stamford Bridge was greeted with almost unprecedented fanfare and triumphalism after Chelsea hijacked Arsenal’s move for a player touted as one of the most exciting talents in European football.
But while the Gunners have gone from strength to strength, in part aided by the performances of Leandro Trossard who Arsenal signed after missing out on their No.1 target, Mudryk and Chelsea have floundered. Indeed, the Ukraine international’s nine appearances so far have yielded just a solitary assist and he is yet to complete 90 minutes.
Palkin, however, revealed he met Mudryk last week and confirmed the player remains in high spirits and that he warned Chelsea they would need to take a patient approach with a player who only had limited experience of top level football before completing his high-profile transfer. He told Sky Sports:
‘A week ago in England, I met Mykhailo Mudryk and he is very happy. ‘He likes everything that is going on [there], he wants to work hard, he wants to show the best. ‘I said from the beginning, I spoke to the owners of Chelsea, and I told them you’ve got a real diamond but you should be very, very patient. Give this guy time and he will show you what he can bring to the club. ‘I know 100 per cent he will participate [in winning] many, many trophies for Chelsea in the future.
‘This is a very, very unique boy. A unique boy with unbelievable technical characteristics. ‘I stayed at the club [Shakhtar] for 20 years. I have seen a lot of players. ‘This one, from a professional point of view and how hard he works, I have never seen it in my life.’