Shakhtar the perfect stepping stone for Brazilians, says Eduardo

The Croatia international feels joining the Ukrainian champions is a good option for promising Brazilians as it potentially opens the door to a bigger league in Europe
Eduardo believes Shakhtar Donetsk are the perfect stepping stone for young Brazilians who are not yet ready for a move to one of Europe's elite clubs.

The Ukrainian champions have lured players such as Fernandinho, Willian, Douglas Costa and Alex Texeira to Donetsk in recent years.

And Eduardo feels Shakhtar are a great option for prodigious talent with the ambition to eventually make it to a bigger league.

"They have a good connections with Brazil. They know most Brazilian players dream of playing in Europe, but not all of them can get a transfer to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester United," the 30-year-old told the official Arsenal website.

"So Shakhtar serves as their entrance to Europe, and then if they succeed here they can be sold to a big club in a major league, as happened with players such as Elano, Matusalem and Willian."

Eduardo joined Shakhtar from Arsenal in the summer of 2010 after failing to make an impact at the Premier League giants due to injury problems.