Tuchel eager for Mkhitaryan to stay

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he doesn’t want midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave Signal Iduna Park. 

Mkhitaryan’s current contract with Dortmund expires in June 2017, but the 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus.

However, Tuchel is hoping that Mkhitaryan decides to stay put as he has scored 20 goals and notched up 24 assists in 43 games in all competitions this season.

“We want to hold on to Mkhitaryan at all costs,” Tuchel told reporters. “Miki is a real champion and we want to keep him.

“Things are pretty clear. The ball is in his court now and I am sure he knows what to do with it.

“Talks with all players are ongoing. Everything is in our own hands at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel refused to say whether Dortmund are looking to sign FC Bayern München midfielder Mario Gotze, who has been linked with a move to Signal Iduna Park.

Gotze has failed to have an impact this season as he has been limited to just 12 games in all competitions due to a hamstring injury and has scored four goals and notched up just two assists.

“I cannot say anything about Gotze,” Tuchel said. “If I say anything about it, it will just turn into a big story again. It would not be right if I was talking about a Bayern Munich player now.”