Africa-Press – Eritrea. Chelsea signed Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk in a multi-year deal Sunday, the English Premier League club confirmed.
“Mykhailo Mudryk has finalized his move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with the club,” Chelsea said in a statement.
“The Ukrainian international, who turned 22 earlier this month, has put pen to paper on an eight-and-a-half year contract with the Blues to seal his move to Stamford Bridge,” it added.
Shakhtar announced that the club will receive €70 million ($75 million) for the player and another € 30 million ($32 million) is envisaged as a bonus payment.
Mudryk said he is happy to join Chelsea.
“This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career. I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and I’m looking forward to working and learning under (manager) Graham Potter and his staff,” he said.
Rinat Akhmetov, Shakhtar Donetsk president, published a statement about Mudryk’s transfer on Monday.
He said the club will allocate $25 million to help Ukrainian soldiers and their families.
“I am allocating $25 million today to help our soldiers, defenders, and their families,” Akhmetov said, adding: “The money will be used to cover different needs — from providing medical and prosthetic treatment and psychological support to meeting specific requests.”
Mudryk scored 12 goals and made 17 assists in 44 matches for Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won a Ukrainian Cup in 2019.
He played eight matches for his native Ukraine.
Mudryk is Chelsea’s fifth signing in the 2023 winter transfer window as the Blues previously acquired Ivorian forward David Datro Fofana, Portuguese forward Joao Felix, French defender Benoit Badiashile, and Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos.