Ex-Arsenal striker Eduardo must learn Russian as part of Shakhtar contract

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva has been told to learn Russian as he settles at new club Shakhtar Donetsk.

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva has been told to learn Russian as he settles at new club Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Ukrainian champions have made the demand as part of Eduardo's new £50,000 a week contract.

Eduardo said: "I'll spare no effort to learn the language, especially since a lot of the words in Russian are similar to Croatian. I'm ready to talk to anyone, but, honestly, I don't really like talking to journalists!"

He had to pass two medicals before sealing the move, with particular attention paid to the ankle that was infamously shattered at Birmingham in 2008.

Eduardo, who is not expected to play for a fortnight, insisted he had long since put that incident behind him as he prepares for a new career.

"It's all behind me,' he said. 'I'm ready psychologically and physically. I've played in the English championship, so there are no problems (with the ankle).

"The only problem now is to prepare for the Ukrainian championship."

 
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