Charlie Adam has slammed the ‘hype’ around Liverpool target, Mykhaylo Mudryk, which he thinks has seen him linked with teams like Brentford to now being targetted by the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid.

The recently-retired midfielder thinks the hype is stemming from the Shakhtar Donetsk’s star’s performances in the Champions League this season.

Mudryk has two goals and two assists from his opening two matches, including scoring against Scottish Premiership champions Celtic last week.

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Whilst Adam is unsure about the hype, the top clubs around Europe, including Liverpool and Arsenal, are liking what they are seeing from the emerging Ukraine star.

It has been claimed that Liverpool have joined the race for the £44 million star, alongside Arsenal and Everton, to sign the 21-year-old – he has four-years left to run on his current contract at Shakhtar Donetsk, so it will take something big to lure him away.

Nonetheless, when speaking about Mudryk’s qualities, Adam couldn’t help but play down all the talk around the powerful winger, as he told ITV Sport.

“That’s what you want from your winger, you want to be attacking and you want to be attacking your fullback,” said Adam.

“The big difference there is that Mudryk played a couple of games in the Champions League and he’s gone from linked with Everton and Brentford to now being linked with Real Madrid and Arsenal, after two games. There is always hype about young players.”

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Whilst Charlie Adam might not be too impressed by what he is seeing from Mudryk, the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton fans should get excited by what they are seeing.

A powerful runner with the ball, with the ability to go both ways and an eye for goal, Mudryk is still raw, but he is worth keeping an eye on.

Shakhtar being in the Champions League and locking horns with the best of the best will certainly help his development and raise his game even further.

Plus, Shakhtar have picked up four points from their opening two matches, ahead of their clash against Real Madrid next, but they will be backing themselves to get out of the group stages and progress into the wilderness of the knockout stages.

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