Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s move to Manchester United has not gone down well with some of his former teammates at Borussia Dortmund.
The attacking midfielder, who can also play as a winger, made the switch to the Theatre of Dreams from the Westfalenstadion for £26 million earlier this summer.
He is recognised as the best football player Armenia has ever produced, and is also the first Armenian to play in the Premier League. However, many Dortmund players are said to be disappointed with the way the 27-year-old forced his way out of the club.
Mkhitaryan had only one year left on his Dortmund contract, and refused to sign an extension that the club had offered him. As a result, the Bundesliga giants decided to cash in on him this summer rather than see him leave on a free transfer at the end of next season.
Dortmund’s long serving left-back Marcel Schmelzer said: “I was surprised that ‘Micki’ decided to make the move after all. Many players after the season talked to him about his plans. In the end, all you can do is to accept the decision.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang criticised the way Mkhitaryan handled the situation as well.
“In the end, all involved have to be pleased with it, and you still have to be able to look each other in the eye,” he told German tabloid Bild.
“It’s about how you do it. And a few things were done in public recently which were not okay, and which you are not necessarily able to relate to as a colleague.”
Mkhitaryan is yet to start a game for his new club, but has come off the bench in United’s two opening Premier League fixtures so far, against Bournemouth and Southampton respectively.