Lassina Traore has completed a move to Shakhtar Donetsk.
The striker has left Ajax Amsterdam to continue his development with the Ukraine giants who have signed him on a five-year deal.
Last season, Traore scored eight goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for the Eredivisie champions. He joined the Dutch giants from Ajax Cape Town in 2019.
He leaves the Sons of the Gods after helping them win a domestic double of the Eredivisie title and the Dutch Cup.
“Shakhtar are a big club with a great coach from Italy. This was the main reason behind my decision to come here,” Traore told the club’s website.
“I’m happy to be here and will give everything for this club and this badge. I’m excited to start playing for Shakhtar.
“I’ll show them on the pitch. If you are at Shakhtar, that means you’re good enough. I am ready to prove myself and help the team.”
Shakhtar’s exploits in the Uefa Champions League are part of the reasons why the bulky forward has decided to join the club.
“To be honest, this is my first time here, but I watched some games on the internet.
“Last season I watched Shakhtar’s match against Real Madrid, it was fantastic. This game was a good one to watch.”
Club CEO Sergei Palkin considers the 20-year-old as a promising and versatile player who will boost their attacking options.
“We consider Traore to be one of the most promising forwards in Europe these days.
“To be honest, until recently it was hard to believe that we would be able to sign him up just for one reason, in most cases, people don’t leave Ajax so easily.”
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