Mkhitaryan: United move honours dad’s memory

Date published: Wednesday 6th July 2016 3:39

Henrikh Mkitaryan Manchester United Jose Mourinho

Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed his £26.3m move to Manchester United and said: “Playing for such a great club honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young.”

The 27-year-old Armenian attacking midfielder is the son of Hamlet Mkhitaryan, a footballer who died when Henrikh was just seven years old.

He has become Jose Mourinho’s third signing as Manchester United manager after Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mkhitaryan has made 140 appearances and scored 41 goals for Borussia Dortmund since joining them in 2013. Last season he scored 23 goals and registered an impressive 32 assists across all competitions.

He told the club’s official website: “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.”

Manager Mourinho added: “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.”

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