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Shevchenko Urges Chelsea To Be Patient With Mykhailo Mudryk




Chelsea former striker Andriy Shevchenko has urged the Premier League club to be patient with Mykhailo Mudryk and wait to see how he performs in the long run.

Mykhailo Mudryk joined Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk for a transfer fee worth £89 million in January. In his six Premier League outings thus far, the 22-year-old Ukrainian winger has contributed one assist but no goals.

Mudryk didn’t play any competitive football before joining Chelsea because of the interruption to the Ukrainian football season caused by the ongoing conflict with Russia and the winter break for the domestic league.

After agreeing to an eight-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea, Mudryk was expected to hit the ground running almost immediately but that was not the case. He has been struggling under the tutelage of Graham Potter.

Despite that, Mudryk is a part of the Ukrainian team for their Sunday Euro 2024 qualifier against England.

Ahead of the game, Andriy Shevchenko, who was the former head coach of Ukraine’s national team, asserted that Mudryk’s decision to join Chelsea was good for the career of the youngster.

“Chelsea has bought a talented player when he is very young, for the future,” Shevchenko said.

“He’s just starting his path in a massive football career.

“His first step has been the right step, coming to Chelsea. He’s part of an ambitious project. He’s in good hands.

“The decision to get him right now was down to how much the club believed in his talent. He’s on a very long contract, that’s very unusual. Chelsea is investing in their future.”

He added, “The Premier League usually demands results right now, but let’s see how he does in these eight years. Let’s see what he can do in the long term. The club must be patient with him, believe in his talent.”

Naija News recalls that Chelsea broke their transfer record when they paid about £30 million to acquire Shevchenko from AC Milan in 2006. He scored 22 goals and helped the club win the 2007 League Cup in his two seasons there.

I wish I had come to Chelsea at his [Mudryk’s] age,” Shevchenko added.

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“What worked for me in Milan and London was immersing myself in the culture, studying the language so I can communicate with my teammates. That will help him acclimatize quicker which is important when you move to any country in the world.”