Interview: Mkhitaryan won’t close door on potential Juventus switch

Although the Armenian is enjoying a fine campaign with Borussia Dortmund, he did little to quell talk regarding a potential exit this summer. Interview by Carlo Laudisa of La Gazzetta dello Sport

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With Juventus reportedly keen to bring in several new faces this summer, Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he would be happy to move to the Serie A.

The 27-year-old has been one the German side’s top players this campaign, netting 19 times and creating 20 assists as BVB remain in the hunt for the Bundesliga and the Europa League.

Juve have been linked with a move for the Armenian at the end of the campaign, and Mkhitaryan refused to rule out a potential move to Italy should the opportunity arise.

You’ve shown you are capable of playing several positions over the years.

“With Mircea Lucescu I played as a No.6, then as a No.8 and a No.10. They’ve all been great experiences and I feel like I am a complete player, but I have to improve and become quicker, more concentrated and always better my technique.”

What is your goal?

“It’s been a great season for Borussia and I want to give my all for this club. I am happy here but everything can change rather quickly for a footballer.”

You’ve been linked with a move to Juve.

“Anything is possible in life, and you never know. That is why I won’t say anything about Juve or other teams. We’ll see what happens this summer.”

Do you have any preferences between La Liga, Premiere League and Serie A?

“They are all top leagues. The most important thing is picking the right club where I can give my all.”

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Last season you were viewed as a replacement for Andrea Pirlo.

“He was a unique player, a god of football. Along with his technique, the most incredible thing about him was his ability to develop the play.”

This season you’ve scored 19 goals and provided 20 assists.

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus work perfectly together and I am able to move from left to right in order to move in-between the lines. That is why we score so many goals and I enjoy putting them in a position to score.”

That’s the kind of player Juve are missing.

“But they have great strikers like Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic.”

If Morata leaves, Dybala would be pushed further forward and you could move in behind them.

“I don’t know. Maybe.”

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How did you decided on Mino Raiola as your agent?

“I am reserved while he is crazy. However we’ve always agreed on one thing: I listen to his advice but I am crazy in my own right.”

How are your studies for an economics degree going?

“I only need to complete one more exam and I will return to Armenia in the summer in order to graduate. I made sacrifices over the year because I am convinced I will more opportunities when I retire.”

For now, Jurgen Klopp stands in your way in the Europa League.

“I won’t say whether we will win the tournament or not. We will push forward and see if we reach the final. Facing Klopp will further motivate us.”



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