Mkhitaryan praises Tuchel influence

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BVB Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan reveals coach Thomas Tuchel convinced him to stay at the club at the beginning of the season.

Mkhitaryan’s performances were one of few positives in a difficult campaign for Die Borussen last term and the midfielder has continuously attracted the interest of several big clubs across Europe.

However, the 27-year-old revealed Tuchel persuaded him to stay on for at least one more season and now, convinced of the club’s path under the head coach, the Armenia international is hoping to extend his contract with the club.

“I met him for the first time in March and he convinced me to stay,” Mkhitaryan told Deutsche Welle.

“Because really, from the first talk we had he told me that “Miki, I can bring you to a level of high-class.”

“And yeah, at one point I doubted it because I was not really confident that after a bad season he could make me a high-class player. But he did it and I’m thankful to him.

“He talks to all the players and he gets into the right conversation with them. He gives a lot of advice. He can tell you where you’re right, where you’re wrong and then you start to think about it all and at the end you realise that he was really right.

“I wanted to stay also, because I had some things to prove to the people, to show that I deserve to be here.

“That’s why I am trying to stay this year also, to show all my qualities in helping the team to win a lot of games.”

Mkhitaryan’s current deal expires at the end of next season and when asked if he hopes Tuchel can again convince him to stay, he responded: “I hope so. If he did the first step, why not the second?”