who is Mykhaylo Mudryk, the “Ukrainian Neymar” who arrives at Chelsea against a very big check?

who is Mykhaylo Mudryk, the

A twirling Ukrainian winger courted by many European teams, Mykhaylo Mudryk finally arrives at Chelsea, who signed a big check to overtake Arsenal and secure the services of the Shakhtar Donetsk player. Presentation of this crack that is presented as the “Ukrainian Neymar”.

Left winger with a devastating right paw, quasi-namesake of Luka Modric, called the “Ukrainian Neymar”… Mykhaylo Mudryk, the nugget of Shakhtar Donetsk, finally joins Chelsea, while championship leaders Arsenal seemed to have a length ahead of the competition a few hours ago.

The player himself saw himself wearing the Gunners jersey more, but it was the Blues one that he donned this Sunday morning, after having passed his medical examination. He was also invited in the process to attend the match of his new team against Crystal Palace, at Stamford Bridge, a first opportunity for him to familiarize himself with what his new coach Graham Potter intends to put in place.

The young Ukrainian international, who will turn 22 on February 5, was coveted by many clubs in Europe but is flying to London, where he will be widely scrutinized.

Executioner of Monaco in the Champions League

In France, Mykhaylo Mudryk makes his name known on August 25, 2021, when Shakhtar Donetsk, where he has been playing for just six months after two loans to Arsenal Kyiv and Desna Chernigiv, faces AS Monaco in the League play-offs champions. The Monegasques, back to the wall after their 0-1 defeat in Ukraine, are forced to win to make their way to C1.

But that was without counting on the twirling winger of just 20 years old, who entered in the 82nd minute, who pushed Ruben Aguilar to a fault and an own goal on a center blocked by the Ukrainian. Final score 2-2, Monaco is eliminated from C1 and on the bench of Shakhtar, the Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi exults, saved by his nugget that he has always hatched.

“Mudryk is our Vinícius Junior”

“When Roberto signed up, Mykhaylo was the first player he called up, says Darijo Srna, a former Minors player who became sports director at L’Equipe. He was only 20 years old! The coach told him : ‘If you don’t become a great player with me, you never will. Because I believe in you, in your qualities’. And the show started…”

Right-handed left winger but gifted with both feet, dribbler, very fast and hard-hitting, Mykhaylo Mudryk very quickly had the right to the label of future “crack” of world football. And he confirmed it from his first start in the Champions League, on November 3, 2021, against Real Madrid. “Mudryk is our Vinícius Junior, said Shakhtar sporting director Darijo Srna before the game. There are few players with such qualities. We work with him day and night, and he has changed a lot lately.”

Champions League fastest player

If his stunts are talked about on social networks, Mykhaylo Mudryk asserts himself as a real promise during the 2022-2023 season, disrupted by the Russian invasion in Ukraine. He first took advantage of charity matches (organized to raise funds), with in particular a formidable sprint concluded by several dribbles and a left-footed goal against Ajax, before piling up goals and assists in official matches.

He already has 10 goals and 8 assists in 18 games in all competitions (Ukrainian Premier Liga and C1), including three goals and two assists in the Champions League. Which makes him one of the most decisive players this season, with an involvement in a goal every 75 minutes. All while being flashed at 36.6 km / h in the return match against Celtic, making him the fastest in the competition.

“Behind Mbappé, Neymar and Vinicius”

Noting the growing excitement around its attacker with platinum blond hair surrounded by a headband and multiple tattoos, Shakhtar Donetsk intends to raise the stakes. And too bad if that postpones his transfer by six months, while Mykhaylo Mudryk is already widely courted in the summer of 2022. The Ukrainian leaders, who were hoping for 50 million euros for their nugget in August, demand in December an arrangement equivalent to those concluded for Antony or Jack Grealish.

And that no longer surprises Darijo Srna, who believes that “Mudryk is better than all the Brazilians we’ve had so far”. “I have played football all my life and I would dare say he is the best player in Europe in his position behind Mbappé, Neymar and Vinicius,” he said in an interview with Marca.

“He can win the Ballon d’Or”

“If he had a Brazilian passport, he would be worth 100 million. If someone wants it, he will have to pay a lot of money,” he warned. His former coach Roberto De Zerbi, who fled Ukraine in February before joining Brighton in September, is also sorry for not being able to position himself on “his” nugget: “Mudryk is a fantastic player, I think he can win the Ballon d’Or in the future. I love him as a former player, but I’m Brighton’s manager now, and Brighton can’t buy Mudryk.”

The young Ukrainian, he had only one desire anyway: to join the Gunners this winter. Witness his many Instagram stories where he appears watching Arsenal matches, commenting on “two top managers” by posting a photo of Roberto De Zerbi and… Mikel Arteta during the 4-win victory. 2 on December 31. The one who was twice named “player of the year” by Shakhtar fans had fun posting his mid-season highlights with the passage of a Drake song saying: “I must always see the Gunners win the Premier League.” He eventually joins rival Chelsea.