Roma attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has signed a contract extension until 2022, the club have confirmed. New Roma boss Jose Mourinho wanted to keep the Armenian at the club despite the difficult working relationship they had at Manchester United.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Extends Roma Stay
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Mkhitaryan ‘Proud’ to Play for Roma
After signing his extension, Mkhitaryan said: “Over the last two years at Roma I’ve fallen in love, both with the club and the city, thanks in large part to the incredible passion of the fans.
“The club’s ambitions are very high and I am proud to have the chance to play my part as we take on all the challenges that await us next season. Daje Roma!”
General manager Tiago Pinto added: “We are very pleased that Henrikh has decided to continue his adventure with Roma.
“As he has already shown with his performances on the pitch, his quality will be very important in helping the team reach their targets next season.”
Since joining the club in the summer of 2019, Mkhitaryan has gone on to make 73 appearances, scoring 23 times. The Armenia international found the back of the net 14 times in the 2020/21 season as well as providing a further 13 assists.
It’s clear why Roma were keen to keep him based on his form across last season. However, it’s surprising to see new manager Mourinho also wanting to keep him around.
The pair largely did not see eye to eye at Manchester United and it was Mourinho who eventually sold Mkhitaryan to Arsenal having frozen him out of the squad for a number of weeks prior to the transfer window.
This is a chance, though, for them to put that time aside and help Roma get back amongst the European spots in Serie A.