Manchester United announced that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has completed his transfer from Borussia Dortmund. Mkhitaryan signed a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
Mkhitaryan, 27, made 140 appearances and scored 41 goals for Borussia Dortmund after joining them in 2013. Last season he scored 23 goals and registered an impressive 32 assists across all competitions. Henrikh was voted Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2015/16 in a poll of his fellow professionals, and he was named in the Team of the Season following votes by the players’ union in Germany, VDV.
The midfielder is Armenia’s all-time top scorer, with 19 goals in 59 appearances since his international debut in January 2007. Henrikh captains his national team and has received the Armenian Footballer of the Year award on five occasions.
“I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time. I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young,” said Mkhitaryan.
“It’s an honor for me to be the first Armenian in the Premier League,” Mkhitaryan said in an interview with Manchester United TV.
Mkhitaryan said he is “very proud” to sign for Manchester United, adding: “This move is a dream come true for me.
“I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time.
“I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me.
“Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honors my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young.”
“A Dream come true!” Mkhitaryan wrote on Facebook.
‘I am very proud and excited to join Manchester United, a club which I have always admired for its great history and amazing fans. Can’t wait to work with the coach and my new teammates!” the Armenian international added.
José Mourinho said: “Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country. He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal. I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United. I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him.”
Mkhitaryan sent a message to his teammates and colleagues at Borussia Dortmund after signing for Manchester United:
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Borussia Dortmund – from the administration, to the coaching staff and of course all the amazing fans – for the love and support you have given me in the past seasons. I will never forget the moments we shared together on and off the pitch over the last three years and I feel truly privileged to have represented such a great club and a great city,” said Mkhitaryan.
“When I think back to my roots and my father’s football career, I was taught to embrace new challenges and I felt that in order to honour my family’s legacy, I had to take this step in my career and join Manchester United,’ added Mkhitaryan.