Over the last few months, Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira has been rather talkative in revealing where he wants to (or will) take his next steps in his career, in a similar fashion to his former Shakhtar colleague Douglas Costa. Speaking with Brazilian newspaper Lance!, Teixeira revealed there are three big clubs interested in his services, with Chelsea and Juventus in the lead:
"What I saw and my agent told [me] was that Chelsea, Juventus and PSG made offers. But Chelsea and Juventus are ahead in the negotiations. They are three big clubs; wherever I go, I will be happy."
Teixeira had the opportunity to play alongside Willian before he left Ukraine to play in Russia and then in the Premier League for Chelsea. And just like for Chelsea's free kick master, playing in England would be a dream come true for Teixeira. Although it would appear that he won't be able to fulfill it in January:
"It's my dream, I've told many people that I wish to play in the Premier League because I think it is the best championship of the world, the most competitive one, and I want to have this challenge in my career."
"I'm very happy for having this offer from Chelsea, it's a great European club, but my agent is taking care of it. For January, I believe it will be too difficult as we are in the middle of the season. Shakhtar already said they won't let me leave in January, only by the end of the season. But I'm not worried."
Not only in England but also around the world, José Mourinho's antics can give the Portuguese manager a bit of bad name and first impression. Some see him as a bully in the form of a football manager, for example, but Teixeira doesn't share these feelings. He's looking forward to the possibility of playing under the guidance of Mourinho (provided the manager's still here).
"Of course, [I look forward to working with him]. Best manager in the world, I think I will learn a lot from him. I hope he doesn't leave Chelsea now. I want to work with him and have a lot of success alongside him."
"I'm not sure if it was him who suggested me to the Blues, but I read an interview in which he said he was paying attention to my football skills, that he sent scouts to watch me."
"It's not an issue to me [working with him]. Every manager is like that, [he] looks to improve the team. He has that aggressive manner because he always wants to be the best at what he does. I have no fears, I want to overcome this challenge."
-Alex Teixeira; Source: Lance!
Alex Teixeira looks set to leave Shakhtar in the next summer, which is completely justified given his scintillating form in the Ukrainian League and also in the Champions League, having scored twice in their last game against Real Madrid. With Juventus and PSG in the chase for him, Chelsea coming out on top would be a great outcome — even if Teixeira can't help us salvage the current season.