Ukraine Identities: Shevchenko Blundered Joining Chelsea

KIEV, Ukraine -- Dynamo Kiev president Ihor Surkis says moving to Chelsea was the worst decision Andriy Shevchenko has made in his career.

Andriy Shevchenko

Surkis struck a close relationship with Shevchenko when the Ukrainian ace was with Dynamo and he told the Independent on Sunday: "Moving to Chelsea was the biggest mistake in Andriy's career.

"I told him he wouldn't play his best there because they don't trust him. The coach has to trust him and stop nagging him. He's not an ordinary player; he's a player of the highest level.

"A change of team could give Andriy new impetus.

"Chelsea spent a huge amount on him and will try to recover their outlay, so he must struggle in London until the summer and then consider his position.

I really hope I'll be able to agree with Andriy the terms by which he'll return to Dynamo, just like I did with Rebrov."

Meanwhile, Viktor Leonenko, a centre-forward at Dynamo Kiev when Shevchenko first broke into the team, has described Chelsea's treatment of Sheva as "brainless".

Chelsea is just not his team," Leonenko went on. "To talk of a player of his level needing a period of adaptation is nonsense. He had no such problems going to Milan."

Another former Dynamo forward, Oleh Salenko, reasoned: "Andriy must decide what is more important for him - to play football or to indulge his wife.

"Returning to Dynamo would probably be the best thing for him now, but is his wife going to swap the capital of England for Kiev?"

Source: Tribal Football