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Rinat Akhmetov: If players don’t come, they’ll be first to suffer

FC Shakhtar president has granted comments to the R-Sport agency.

- It is true, six team players have not come - Rinat Akhmetov said. - Alex Teixeira, Fred, Dentinho, Douglas Costa, Facundo Ferreyra and Ismaily. I don’t rule out that these players will return to the team quickly, and some of them - tomorrow. Players have contracts that they have to abide by. If they do not come, I think, they will be the first to suffer. Each of them has a minimum release clause, which is tens of millions of euros. If someone wants to reduce this amount by a million, then such a decision is our right. There won’t be clearance sale!

Hopefully, the mind and heart will prevail over misunderstanding, and the players will not follow temptation and fear. Especially since there is nothing to fear. We are ready to provide security. We will not take risks and in any case we won’t bring players to dangerous places. We want to play in Donetsk very much, but, unfortunately, at the moment we cannot do it. We will play where we will be allowed to: we would like to do it in Kharkiv. The decision regarding the championship is taken by the Ukrainian Football Federation. Through our game, we will call for peace and try to bring joy to our fans.

Despite the fact that we will be weakened in the Super Cup match against Dynamo Kyiv, our players will do their best to make the game hard for our opponents. Maybe everyone thinks that it will be an easy game for Dynamo, but it will not be easy. And in the future Shakhtar won’t become weaker - we will make it stronger. We play for the fans and for peace.

Mircea Lucescu? There have not been any problems at all. We have a very good relationship. He is in his place and has done a lot for Shakhtar to take a step forward. I am sure that he will do the team a world of good.

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