Shakhtar Donetsk President Rinat Akhmetov donates $25 million of Mudryk’s transfer fee to Ukraine’s war effort

Shaktar Donetsk President Rinat Akhmetov has donated $25 million of the fee received from Chelsea for the transfer of of Mykhailo Mudryk to the "Heart of Azovstal", an initiative aimed at assisting families of fallen Ukrainian soldiers.

Chelsea announced Mudryk’s signing for €70 million ($75.84 million) during the first half of their match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

According to ESPN, the two clubs reached an agreement worth €100 million ($108.33 million).

Shakhtar president Akhmetov stated in a club statement that the $25 million donation “will be used to cover various needs.”

“I am allocating $25m [UAH 1 billion] today to help our soldiers, defenders, and their families,” the statement read.

“The money will be used to cover different needs — from providing medical and prosthetic treatment and psychological support to meeting specific requests”.

“To ensure transparency, the project will have a professional independent team that will be in touch with the Azovstal defenders, their families, care providers, and volunteers”.

“We are forever indebted to our soldiers!”

Chelsea swooped in to sign Mudryk, who was on the radar of Arsenal for a couple of months.

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