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Rafael Leao mocks Mykhailo Mudryk with brutal post after first Chelsea goal

AC Milan winger Rafael Leao has rinsed Mykhailo Mudryk after he finally scored a goal for Chelsea on Monday night.

The Ukraine winger had struggled to live up to expectation in a Chelsea shirt after joining from Shakhtar Donetsk shirt for £88.5m in January.

He received a standing ovation from fans for his display in the Carabao Cup win over Brighton and followed that up by scoring his first goal for the club against Fulham.

Mudryk controlled a Levi Colwill pass well before slotting beyond Bernd Leno. And you could even see how much it meant for Mudryk given his struggles and his teammates Enzo Fernandez, Disasi and Colwill were happy for him.

But, there was a bizarre reaction from AC Milan star Rafael Leao on Instagram. The Portugal international, who was linked with Chelsea before signing a long-term deal with the Rossoneri, commented on Mudryk’s post with graph emojis to signal “stocks falling down”.

It’s safe to assume that Leoo meant to post the “stocks rising” emojis after Mudryk got off the mark but got mixed up and had fans in stitches.

It took Mudryk 24 appearances to notch for Chelsea but he was replaced by Ian Maatsen at the break after an injury.

However, the Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that injury is not a cause for concern.

“I hope with Mykhailo it’s not a big issue, because he felt something in the first half,” he told the Evening Standard.

“I hope it is nothing and he’ll be available for Saturday. It’s something in his quad in the first half. He didn’t feel comfortable playing.”

“We got what we deserved. The performance was very good. I am pleased for Mudryk and for Armando — for Mykhailo because he scored his first goal in the Premier League and for Armando after a long period out, to score again.”

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