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Shakhtar: Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea would be ‘maybe IMPOSSIBLE’ with Roman Abramovich in charge

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Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin believes selling new Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk to the club under former owner Roman Abramovich would have been ‘maybe impossible.’ 

Abramovich, who had close ties to Russia, saw his reign at the helm of Chelsea come to an end following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. 

After sanctions from the UK government, the succeeding month Abramovich announced his intention to sell the club he had owned since 2003, leading to Todd Boehly’s and Clearelake Capital’s takeover – and a stream of big-money signings since, including Mudryk.

£88m Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk was unveiled to his new adorers at Stamford Bridge £88m Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk was unveiled to his new adorers at Stamford Bridge

£88m Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk was unveiled to his new adorers at Stamford Bridge

‘If there was no new owner of Chelsea, there would be a lot of critics in respect of us, because of these kinds of connections,’ Palkin told The Athletic when asked about the importance of new ownership as a means to the £88million deal. 

When asked if Mudryk’s Chelsea signing would’ve been ‘improbable’ under Abramovich, Palkin replied ‘Maybe even impossible.’ 

The Blues pipped London rivals, Arsenal to the services of the talented Ukrainian winger, ensuring a record price for any player from the embattled nation. 

‘Ukraine got absolutely top-level coverage across the world, and for us it is positive promotion of our country,’ Palkin admitted. 

Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin cast doubt on a deal if Chelsea had its previous owner Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin cast doubt on a deal if Chelsea had its previous owner

Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin cast doubt on a deal if Chelsea had its previous owner

Russia's invasion of Ukraine led Roman Abramovich (above) to sell Chelsea to Todd Boehly Russia's invasion of Ukraine led Roman Abramovich (above) to sell Chelsea to Todd Boehly

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led Roman Abramovich (above) to sell Chelsea to Todd Boehly

‘Mudryk became an ambassador of Ukraine across the world. I like very much that he went to the Premier League because it is the best league in the world, and also England supports Ukraine a lot.’

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