There’ll be some strengthening

Friday, June 8, 2018



FC Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin told us about the upcoming changes in the team, he also thanked the players who are leaving the club

- Sergei Anatolyevich, Fred has moved to Manchester United. How was the negotiation going?
- We conducted the negotiations with the representatives of Man Utd for over two months. Since April, their scout had been constantly present at all our home games in Kharkiv. Jose Mourinho wanted to see Fred at the MU. The negotiations were interesting, and, as I said earlier, we are fully satisfied with the agreement terms. Fred has been at Shakhtar since 2013, he has grown seriously as a football player, deserving to continue his performance in a stronger league. I'm sure he will progress and improve his level. I wish him every success in the EPL. It's nice that our former players - Willian, Fernandinho, Mkhitaryan, and Fred – have been playing in England for the top clubs competing for the top spot.
- What about Bernard?
- Bernard, just like Facundo Ferreyra, has completed his spell at Shakhtar. We thank both of them for their contribution to the development of the club. They played at the highest level last season, helping us to win the league title and the Cup. Facundo became the UPL’s top scorer, notching up 59 goals in 115 games for Shakhtar, ranking among the top 15 scorers. Both of them left a notable mark in the club’s history. I’m sure the fans have the most pleasant memories of their performance. It's a pity to part with them, but life goes on and some new players will replace Bernard, Ferreyra, and Fred, some strong and ambitious ones to correspond to Shakhtar’s level.
- The fans are interested in the future of Darijo Srna …
- Darijo's contract with the club expires on June 30th. Shortly, there will be some official information about his further career.
- What’s the future of Kayode? Has his loan term expired?
- Kayode will continue to play at Shakhtar. We’ve bought his transfer from Manchester City and signed a five-year deal. He really proved himself, Paulo is pleased with them.
- Will there be any more strengthening before the new season?
- Yes, but we will give you the details later. I can tell you just one thing: we’ve been working hard to make Shakhtar even stronger.