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Konoplyanka has also made nearly 50 appearances for Ukraine

Sevilla striker Yevhen Konoplyanka has been likened to Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and Barcelona striker Neymar by a former teammate.  

The 25-year old midfielder moved to La Liga from Ukranian side Dnipro, after making over 200 appearances and scoring 45 goals. The Ukraine international joined the Europa League holders this summer, having turned down a number of other offers from across Europe.

Brazilian striker Matheus – who played alongside Konoplyanka at Dnipro – has spoken highly of the forward and expects him to shine in Spain, so much so that he has compared him to Hazard,

Matheus said: “Kono has what it takes to be like Hazard and Neymar,” he said. “He has the ability to do well in Spain or in any other European league.

“He’s like Hazard and Neymar – the type of player who can win games in an instant with a spectacular bit of football.”

Hazard played a major part in winning Chelsea’s first Premier League title since 2010 and won the PFA and Writer’s Player of the Year awards at the end of last season.

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