Roma-linked Douglas Costa “afraid” to return to Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa admitted today to La Gazzetta dello Sport that his future with his club is uncertain after political unrest and war threatens Ukraine.

“The players are risking their lives to stay in the country. I like the team, as well as the fans and club, but I’m afraid. We want to continue our adventure with the club but we want to be able to work safely.”

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