Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has claimed that Mykhalo Mudryk’s move to Chelsea wouldn’t have been possible had the been owned by Roman Abramovich.
Todd Boehly became the new owner of Chelsea around eight months ago. This came after Abramovich had to give up his role as the club’s owner due to pressure from United Kingdom Government.
The Government seized his assets in the UK because of his links with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Now, Palkin believes that the two clubs wouldn’t have even opened negotiations for the player if Abramovich was still in charge.
Russia are currently at war with Ukraine after the former invaded the latter in February last year.
The Shakhtar CEO told talkSPORT:
“Yes, it’s very symbolic. I can tell you more – if the club was still run by Roman Abramovich, I‘m not sure we could even negotiate and close this deal.”
Blues paid around £ 88 million to the Ukrainian club for the 22-years old winger. It was reported that Arsenal matched the asking price but Shakhtar gave an advantage to Chelsea as Mudryk preferred the Blues.
He arrived at Premiere League with a strong start to the season in his country. He has bagged 10 goals and provided eight assists in 18 games across all competitions.
Chelsea boss’ verdict on Mudryk
Chelsea manager Graham Potter led his team to a crucial 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on the 15th of January. His new signing Mykhalo Mudryk watched the game from the stands.
After the match, Chelsea’s boss gave his verdict on the transfer of the winger.
He told reporters :
“You’re never surprised in the transfer window because things happen sometimes like you don’t expect. He is a young player with a big future. He’s exciting, one-vs-one, can threaten the goal. I think our supporters already like him.”
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