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Shevchenko certain Mudryk will find his feet in England
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Mykhailo Mudryk has not hit the ground running at Chelsea
Mykhailo Mudryk has not hit the ground running at Chelsea

Ukraine icon Andriy Shevchenko believes Mykhailo Mudryk will come good at Chelsea if given time and patience.

The 22-year-old joined the West Londoners from Shakhtar Donetsk for £88million in January but is yet to score for his new club.

After a promising debut against Liverpool, the Ukraine international has gone on to start only three times in the Premier League and remains the second choice behind Raheem Sterling.

But Shevchenko, who scored 22 times for the Blues, has called for patience and reminded fans that they have invested in Mudryk for the long-term.

Asked what advice he would give the winger, he said: "What worked for me in Milan and London was immersing myself in the culture, studying the language so I can communicate with my team-mates.

"That will help him acclimatise quicker which is important when you move to any country in the world. On the pitch, the club and the manager will provide him with everything he needs to raise his level.

"Chelsea have bought a talented player when he is very young, for the future. He’s just starting his path in a massive football career.

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

"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."

Mudryk is in Ukraine’s squad for their Euro 2024 qualifier against England at Wembley on Sunday as they open their campaign and will be looking to prove that he can compete against his Premier League colleagues. 


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