Former Chelsea man explains why club have invested in winger despite rough start

Yesterday saw the latest round of internationals played out as domestic football takes a break for a couple of weeks.

There’s still be many Chelsea players on display though, and yesterday two of them faced each other in the England vs Ukraine game. England came out 2-0 winners and were pretty comfortable throughout, with Ben Chilwell playing the whole 90 minutes, and Conor Gallagher coming on as a late sub.

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On the opposition team was obviously their Blues team mate Mykhailo Mudryk, who had a poor game. He’s not hit the ground running as a Chelsea player at all yet, but many people are preaching patience for a young player who is adapting to a new club and country.

Many are adamant that Mudryk will come good, and one of those people is former Chelsea player and fellow Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko, who was speaking to the Chelsea website yesterday.

“I wish I had come to Chelsea at his age,” said Shevchenko, who scored 22 goals across two seasons at Stamford Bridge.

“What worked for me in Milan and London was immersing myself in the culture, studying the language so I could communicate with my team-mates.

“That will help him acclimatise quicker which is important when you move to any country in the world. On the pitch, the club and the manager will provide him with everything he needs to raise his level.

“Chelsea have bought a talented player when he is very young, for the future. He’s just starting his path in a massive football career. But his first step has been the right step, coming to Chelsea. He’s part of an ambitious project and he’s in good hands.

“The decision to get him right now was down to how much the club believe in his talent. He’s on a very long contract and Chelsea are investing in their future.

“The Premier League usually demands results right now, but let’s see how he does in these eight years. Let’s see what he can do in the long-term. The club must be patient with him and believe in his talent.”

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