Rinat Akhmetov met with Luis Castro

Wednesday, June 12, 2019



On June 12, the FC Shakhtar president met with the new manager Luis Castro

Rinat Akhmetov welcomed the Portuguese specialist and handed him a personalized orange-and-black shirt.

- We say welcome to Luis, - the president said. - I am very pleased that this specialist is with us today and that he is the manager of Shakhtar. Why him? As you remember, a year ago we negotiated with Paulo to extend the contract. We might reach an agreement, but we also might fail to do so. Had we not agreed, I would have very much liked to invite Luis Castro. My assistants, our management always closely monitor coaching ideas. They said that this specialist fits our philosophy and style of play, and that he will delight our fans with some bright, attacking, spectacular and winning performance. He’s got great ideas. He is a very strong specialist. We pin great hopes on him, and I am convinced that he will succeed.

Luis Castro also shared his emotions after the appointment:

- This is a special moment for me. I was very happy about the invitation of Shakhtar. I had several offers in my hands to make a decision. But as soon as I received Shakhtar’s offer, I looked only towards this club. I have really followed it for quite a long time because the Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca worked here, plus our paths had previously crossed at Porto. He is one of the best specialists in our country. I know what kind of play Shakhtar showcases. I am glad to have become part of the club. The president loves football and talks about it emotionally. He wants to see the Shakhtar which is getting better and stronger, displaying some beautiful attacking football. We have the same vision. We will work hard to please the fans.