Shakhtar boss welcomes Chelsea interest in players
Chelsea transfer news: Shakhtar Donetsk manager, Mircea Lucescu, has welcomed Chelsea interest in his players
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu is hoping Chelsea get interested in all of his players after the two sides meet in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Lucescu was speaking ahead of the Group E clash in the Donbass Arena and revealed the Blues had taken an interest in a number of his stars over the years.
“My wish is that, after Tuesday's match, Chelsea get interested in all of our players,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Brazilian winger Willian is one of the most recent players to be linked with Stamford Bridge, and Lucescu revealed that he would have been a Chelsea player if they had offered something closer to Shakhtar's valuation.
“Willian was far away from Chelsea. They didn't even get anywhere near to our requirements, having done nothing to make my promises to Willian come true,” he added.
“Speaking specifically about the amounts, they officially offered the sum for which we had bought him young.”
The Shakhtar boss is hoping that Chelsea come to rue the unwillingness to raise their offer when the sides meet.
“I would really like them to highly appreciate his true value and realise that they made a big mistake,” he said.
Willian is not the only player from the Ukrainian club to be coveted by Chelsea, Lucescu was very open in his interview and claimed that former Stamford Bridge manager Carlo Ancelotti had asked after Croatia international Darijo Srna.
“Several years ago, I had a conversation with Ancelotti, and he was interested in Srna.”