Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson sends warning to Mykhailo Mudryk after ‘risky’ Chelsea transfer
Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has issued a warning to Mykhailo Mudryk after his ‘risky’ move to Chelsea.
Ukraine international Mudryk has agreed an eight-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal were believed to be leading the race to sign Mudryk but Chelsea hijacked the move by submitting an offer worth up to £89m.
Before joining Chelsea, Mudryk had scored seven goals in 12 league games and three goals in the Champions League for Shakhtar this season.
England international Wilson says Mudryk’s price tag suggests he will be a ‘great player’ for Chelsea but admits the 22-year-old has taken a ‘risk’ by joining the Blues on such a long contract.
‘It’s a tricky one because he’s obviously had to take so much into consideration,’ Wilson said on the Footballer’s Football Podcast.
‘As a player at that age you’re coming into a key time of your career where you want to keep developing, so if he sees himself developing at Chelsea more than Arsenal or sees himself developing at that one club for eight and half years, it’s a long time.
‘Throughout that time he’s going to be getting a testimonial at the end of it!
‘It’s like you’re ultimately committing and dedicating your career to that club, so I feel it’s a tricky one really.
‘I would like to go in smaller stages to see how you go and managers could change, they’re not having the best of seasons at the moment.
‘So you just don’t know, but it’s a risk he’s taken. I’ve not really seen much of him but I’m sure for the money that they’ve paid he must be a great player.’
Mudryk was unveiled as Chelsea’s latest signing at Stamford Bridge last weekend and has been training with his new team-mates this week ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
Following his move to Stamford Bridge, Mudryk said: ‘I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea.
‘This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career.
‘I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and I’m looking forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff.’
Wilson, who has scored six Premier League goals this season, will be in action on Saturday when high-flying Newcastle visit Crystal Palace.
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