Mykhaylo Mudryk has spoken out about joining Chelsea after his failed transfer to Arsenal. The Ukrainian international joined the Blues on Sunday, and the deal was announced during the match against Crystal Palace..
Mudryk appeared to be on his way to Arsenal as recently as Saturday afternoon. The Gunners were prioritizing his signing, and he had repeatedly stated his desire to join the Premier League leaders on social media.
Arsenal, on the other hand, were unwilling to match Shakhtar Donetsk’s £88 million asking price. While Shakhtar considered Arsenal’s third offer, Chelsea stole a march and offered what the Ukrainian club was looking for.
Mudryk arrived in England on Saturday evening and had his medical on Sunday..
He was photographed at Stamford Bridge before the game against Crystal Palace.
And it was announced during the first half that he had completed his move, signing an eight-and-a-half-year contract. Following the completion of the transaction, Mudryk made a brief statement.
He cited the project and the opportunity to work with Graham Potter and his team as two major reasons for joining Chelsea. “I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea,” Mudryk told the official Chelsea website..
This is a massive club in a fantastic league, and it’s a very appealing project for me at this point in my career. I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and working and learning under Graham Potter and his team..
Todd Boehly, the owner of Chelsea, continues to spend heavily in the transfer market. In just two transfer windows, the American has spent more than £400 million on new signings.
The American believes Mudryk will be a top player for the club for a long time. Boehly stated: “We are thrilled to have Mykhaylo join us at Chelsea.
He’s a tremendously exciting prospect who we believe will be an excellent addition to our team both now and in the future. He will add depth to our attack, and we know he will be warmly welcomed in London.”
Mudryk could make his Chelsea debut against Liverpool next Saturday..
The 22-year-old only started pre-season training with Shakhtar last week and is therefore lacking in match fitness.
His arrival, however, will significantly improve Potter’s attacking options. Chelsea had only scored 21 goals in 18 league games this season entering the visit of Palace..
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