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Eduardo set for Shakhtar exit

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva has issued his goodbyes to Shakhtar Donetsk, amid reports that he is set to join Brazilian side Flamengo.

The 31-year-old, who was with the Gunners between 2007-2010, has been heavily linked with a switch to the country of his birthplace after spending four years in Ukraine.

After joining Arsenal from Dinamo Zagreb for a fee said to be in the region of 7.5million, Eduardo managed just seven Premier League goals as his spell in England was marred by injury problems.

The Croatia international then moved to Shakhtar in 2010, where he made over 100 appearances in all competitions for the club and claimed eight trophies including the Ukranian Premier League four times and three Ukranian Cups.

Eduardo wrote on Skakhtar's official website: "I am honoured to have represented such a fantastic club. I am proud to have been a part of four title-winning sides and I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of important people.

"Firstly, the chairman Mr Akhmetov for giving me the opportunity and believing in my talent. To Mr Lucescu who has guided me, given me the chance to play and win with such a great group of players.

"All of my team-mates, especially our captain Darijo (Srna). His friendship and continued dedication on and off the pitch will always mean a lot to me.

"Finally, but most importantly, the fans. I have always felt and appreciated your support. From the first minute of my debut you made me feel like one of the Shakhtar family and for this I will always be grateful.

"I have loved my time in Donetsk and I only wish the very best for the club and country.

"With fond regards, Eduardo da Silva."