His transition into life at Manchester United has gone anything but smoothly and now, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO has ruled out any chance of Henrikh Mkhitaryan returning to the club, report The Express.
Hans-Joachim Watzke was anything but understanding when stating in no uncertain terms that a transfer reunion was off the cards in the lead up to January.
In quotes attributed to the report, Watzke claimed: “Any intelligent player should consider in advance what kind of environment they are moving to.”
A huge £27 million arrival at Old Trafford in July, Mkhitaryan has suffered injury troubles in his start to life as a Red Devils star and hasn’t featured since the Manchester Derby.
Dortmund have earned a reputation for giving some of their former players a second chance having re-signed both Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze in recent times but that doesn’t look like being the case for Mkhitaryan.
“When you are playing in surroundings where things are working for you, like in Dortmund, then it is quite strange to give that away again once things have finally started to work out for you after a long time settling in,” continued Watzke.
Currently sitting fifth in the Bundesliga, Thomas Tuchel’s side have some catching up to do with Bayern Munich topping the table, four points ahead of BVB on a tally of 17.