Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made his desire to remain with Italian side Roma known, as he seeks a permanent move away from English side Arsenal.
The Armenian has spent the 2019/20 season on loan at the Italian side, and with the deal set to expire, he seems uninterested in a return to England.
Roma have been impressed by the player, and are thought to be keen on turning the loan deal into a permanent one, even though they might not be willing to meet Arsenal’s asking price.
“Since the first day I arrived here in Rome, I feel very good in the club, in the city, and of course it would be nice to stay here,” Mkhitaryan said in a video interview recorded for the Italian embassy in Armenia.
He added: “Comparing it to England, Germany, and Ukraine, it has special things. People underrate Serie A but I would say it’s more than interesting to play here.
“Of course it’s not the same as it was 20 years ago but I’m pretty sure the league is getting better and better. I am more than happy to be here, to play in Italy with those fans is incredible… I’m really pleased to play in Roma and have fans like that.”
Mkhitaryan is Arsenal’s second-highest earner behind Mesut Ozil, and for him to complete the move, he will have to take a significant pay-cut.
Arsenal value the player in the region of £10million, but they could be forced to go lower considering he is 31 years now.