Back in 2016, the current Sports Director and interim coach of Shakhtar Donetsk, Darijo Srna, had the opportunity to sign a contract with Barcelona. At that time, the Blaugrana were looking for an experienced right-back, and identified Srna as the top target as his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk was about to expire.
However, in the end, Srna decided to refuse Barcelona and continue to stick with Shakhtar through a new contract. Opening up about his choice, Srna affirmed that he had absolutely no regrets. The former Croatian player shared:
“I am 100% confident in my decision.”
“I told the club president that I would rather win the National League with Shakhtar than winning the Champions League with Barca. If I leave here, I will never forgive myself.”
“When the president offered me a new contract, I just thanked him and immediately accepted the offer. Yes, Barcelona wanted me, but as I said before, my heart is still here.”
“I am happy in Shakhtar. To me, this place is a family.”
Huynh Phong | 11:15 October 24, 2023