Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matvienko has revealed his desire to play for AC Milan, with the Rossoneri and rivals Juventus apparently interested.
Matvienko is a product of the FC Shakhtar youth academy and he has risen through the ranks since he started at the club all the way back in 2009, signing his first professional contract for the Ukrainian Premier League side in 2013.
He played for three years for the Shakhtar youth team in the reserves and in summer 2015 he was promoted to the senior side. He made his debut for Shakhtar in a game against FC Chornomorets Odesa on 3 October 2015, and now he is a firm fixture in the Ukrainian national team.
Of course, it is during his international exploits that he finds the head coach Shevchenko, a man who is a Milan legend. He gave an interview to Calciomercato.com and was asked about what it is like to be coached by Shevchenko.
“Sometimes, Mr. Shevchenko tells us stories from the past of that legendary Milan and we always listen to him with great interest,” he said.
“Of course I would like to play for such a big club and in a top level league in general. What I have to do is earn the attention of this type of team.”
Matvienko is a left-footed central defender who can also play at left-back and is considered a very highly-rated player domestically.
It seems the 24-year-old feels ready to take the leap to a major European club such as Milan, or possible another Italian team.
“I can’t talk about it yet, it’s my manager who deals with these problems.”