Kepa Arrizabalaga gives verdict on new Chelsea teammate Mykhailo Mudryk

Kepa Arrizabalaga thinks Chelsea have signed a “very big player” in Mykhailo Mudryk, and he’s very confident his new teammate will do well at Stamford Bridge.

Mudryk, who turned 22 earlier this month, completed a high-profile transfer last week from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea.

He’s arrived in west London as a very exciting attacker with international caps for Ukraine and Champions League know-how with Shakhtar. He’s still at the very infancy of his career, though.

The left-winger has now been spotted training with the Blues squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Liverpool in the Premier League.

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Mykhailo Mudryk gets thumbs up

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa, 28, sounds absolutely thrilled about the latest recruit for the club:

“I think he’s a very big player,” Kepa said, as quoted by Chelsea’s The 5th Stand app (19 January).

“For sure, I think he’s going to help us a lot and we cannot wait to have him in the squad.

“He is coming here to give us different things and to help us win games. I think he’s a big player, so of course we are happy to have him.

“He is a big player who comes here to help and all the best to him. We hope all the new players can all help our season, because everyone wants that.”

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Kepa, along with the Chelsea fanbase, are excited to see what Mudryk can do in English football.

The wide player has rapid speed and plenty of tricks, so should immediately bring something quite exciting to the Blues forward line.

It’s obvious Graham Potter’s side needs more end product from its forwards.

Mudryk has 10 goals and eight assists in just 18 Shakhtar appearances this season, which are the kind of numbers Chelsea are crying out for.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.