Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira has been a revelation this season, netting 25 goals in 23 games for the Ukrainian club across all competitions.
His performances have not gone unnoticed, with European giants Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all poised to move for the talented Brazilian.
As a result, Teixeira has revealed he is thankful for the recognition and disclosed he is more inclined to move to the Premier League.
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The 25-year-old said, according to the Mirror: “It’s my dream [to go to England]. I’ve spoken to many people who have the desire to play in the Premier League, because I think it’s the best in the world, more contested, and I want to have this challenge in my career.
“I’m glad to have received that proposal from Chelsea, they’re a great club in Europe, but my manager will deal with that.
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“What I’ve seen, and what my manager has said, is that Chelsea, Juventus and PSG made offers. But Chelsea and Juventus are deeper into negotiations.”
The English and Italian champions respectively have both endured dismal starts to their respective title defences, but are now showing glimpses of their former selves with recent wins in the league and Europe.
Former Shakhtar teammate Willian could play a crucial role in helping lure Teixeira to Stamford Bridge. The 27-year-old is currently in the form of his life at Chelsea and has proven key to guiding his side back to winning ways this term.
Teixeira and Willian played alongside each other for three seasons, after which the latter moved to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala before landing in west London just six months later.
Teixeira, meanwhile, has single-handedly carried Shakhtar in the Ukrainian Premier League, scoring 21 goals in 14 outings - a quite spectacular goalscoring record.
The Brazilian also declared his admiration for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and hopes he stays on at Stamford Bridge.
"He’s [Mourinho] the world’s best coach. I think I would learn a lot from him," he said.
"I hope he doesn’t leave Chelsea now. I want to work with him and have a great success at his side.
"He has this aggressive way because he always tries to be the best. I want to overcome this challenge."
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