Mkhitaryan says stays at Dortmund

The midfielder says BVB’s new coach convinced him to stay at Signal Iduna Park this summer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that he opted to stay at Borussia Dortmund so that he could learn fromThomas Tuchel, insisting the coach has “great potential,” reports.

The 26-year-old insists he is staying put this summer and is looking forward to working with the new boss.

“I don’t want to talk about all these rumours,” he toldĀ Bild.Ā “I just want to look forward. I like being here and that is what counts.

“It isĀ true that Tuchel has influencedĀ me positively. But in the end it was my decision to stay atĀ Dortmund. I have many goals and I want to give everything to prove to everyone thatĀ I am a good player. I want to make the BVB fans and myself happy.

“It was important that Tuchel and I had an intense talk. I immediately felt that he has great potential as a coach. He understands and lives football.

“He knows how to build up a game and how to defend. Afterwards I thought to myself: ‘Maybe it is the best to stay and learn from him.’”

The Armenia international is hopeful of improving on last season’s seventh-placed finish because the club have not lost too many players.

“Tuchel was not the only reasonĀ for me to stay. It was important to meĀ that other players decided to stay. The team did not break apart despiteĀ difficultĀ season.

“I never felt thatĀ it was a mistake to come here.Ā This is a great club with aĀ team in harmony. But of course there were difficult times. I tried everything to get out of this situation as quickly as possible.”