Sheva: I’ll Show ’em

LONDON, England -- Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko insisted on Saturday that he is determined to justify his £30 million ($55 million) price tag.

Ukraine star Shevchenko cost the English Premiership champions a club record fee when he moved to Stamford Bridge from AC Milan in May.

He will also earn wages of around £110,000 a week ($204,000) for the duration of his four-year contract, and it had been suggested Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho paid over the odds for a player who will be 30 this September.

But the former Dynamo Kiev forward is adamant he will prove Mourinho got it right when he persuaded Blues owner Roman Abramovich to sanction the transfer.

He told the Chelsea magazine: “He (Mourinho) is a very interesting person to talk to. I am looking forward to proving on the field that he was right about me.

“He said some kind words and I am very happy that Mr Mourinho said them, especially as they are words coming from one of the best managers in the world.

“I have spoken to him for a long time and I feel that he is a very special person and a very clever man, as well as someone who knows a lot about football.”

The former European Footballer of the Year admitted it was hard to leave Milan, where he enjoyed great success during his seven-year stay – including a Champions League triumph in 2003.

He added: “Obviously it was a very important decision for me and Milan. It could be the first time that a player has left the club in the prime of his career, so in a way this was not normal.

“I can only thank Adriano Galliani and the chairman Silvio Berlusconi because they always behaved very well with me.

“They also understood the reason I was leaving was not money related, it was the mix of a new challenge and family reasons.”

Source: AFP