Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk says he is open to Arsenal move
‘From my side I can’t say no’: Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk says he is ‘open’ to a January move to Arsenal after the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ dazzled in the Champions League… as he claims the Gunners are ‘a very good team with a very good coach’
Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has said it would be hard to ‘say no’ to a move to Arsenal, opening the door on a potential January switch to the Emirates.
Mudryk was heavily linked with a £25million move to the Gunners during the summer window, while Everton also reportedly failed in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.
The winger remained at Shakhtar and starred during their memorable 4-1 win Champions League win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.
Shakhtar Donestk star Mykhaylo Mudryk (C) has opened the door on a January move to Arsenal
The 21-year-old Ukrainian starred in his side’s memorable Champions League win on Tuesday
Mudryk scored and added two assists as the Ukrainian side caused a Champions League upset in their first group game.
A Ukrainian international, Mudryk enjoyed a breakout campaign last season with ten assists and two goals for Shakhtar, alerting Europe’s top clubs to his undoubted quality and potential.
And, speaking to CBS Sports, he refused to play down the chances of a move to Arsenal in January.
Mudryk said: ‘I do dream (of the Premier League). I think every guy dreams about the Premier League.
‘Arsenal is a very good team with a very good coach. I like the way they play. Yes it would be hard to say no from my side, I can’t say no but the transfer is not only my decision and my word.
‘In winter we will see. There was a lot of discussion about the transfer and the collapse (of the deal) and who wants me but its normal now. I’m in Shakhtar and I want to play in this team.
Mudryk enjoyed a breakout campaign last year and broke into the Ukrainian squad
‘I love this team and I love every guy in this team. Shakhtar for me it is now my home but for me it is very important that all my thoughts are about Shakhtar but in the winter (window) we will see.’
The winger has been dubbed the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ and broke into the national team last season, impressing in cameos against Scotland and Wales in the World Cup qualifiers in June.
However, Mudryk put the record straight on his nickname and claimed he would rather be named after another iconic player.
He said: ‘It’s not Ukrainian Neymar it’s the Ukrainian Modric – this sounds better. Modric is a top player and one of the best players of all time.’
Shakhtar face a tricky Champions League group after being paired with Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Celtic, but this year’s competition will be an opportunity for Mudryk to demonstrate his talents to a wider audience as seen on Tuesday night.