Shakhtar thank Fonseca for 'three spectacular seasons'

Shakhtar Donetsk president Rinat Akhmetov has expressed his gratitude for everything former head coach Paulo Fonseca achieved during his time at the club - and wished him well for his new adventure with Roma.

Fonseca was confirmed as the new Giallorossi coach on Tuesday morning, after all parties reached an agreement to release him from his contract with the Ukrainian club.

During his three seasons with Shakhtar the Portuguese boss won the domestic league and cup double on all three occasions, an achievement that Akhmetov said will have etched his name into the history of the club.

"Today, we express our gratitude to Paulo Fonseca for three spectacular and bright seasons," Akhmetov wrote on the Ukrainian club's official website

"For three years in a row, we have been holding gold medals in our hands. Together with Paulo, Shakhtar have won seven trophies: three league titles, three domestic Cups and one Super Cup, becoming the most decorated club in Ukraine."
 
He added: "Paulo is an ambitious coach who wants to try himself in the Italian league. He is not afraid to take on new challenges, and this deserves a lot of respect. I wish him victories and thank him very much!
 
"Paulo Fonseca has left his mark in the history of the club, his name will remain in the hearts of fans. I am sure that a part of Paulo’s heart will always stay with Shakhtar as well."

Fonseca has agreed an initial two-year contract to become the new Roma head coach.