​Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has assured fans that Henrikh Mkhitaryan ​will not be leaving the club this summer.


The Armenian international has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Manchester United in recent weeks, but Watzke has said that the player will be playing his football at the Signul-Iduna Park next season.


Speaking to German newspaper Bild, he said, "We at the club actively discussed the option of parting ways with Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of time, and we decided that he should stay at BVB also next season."


Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola has stated that his client would prefer a move to Old Trafford, and that he is still working to make that happen.

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Raiola said: “He wants to go to Manchester United and we are still trying to resolve the situation.”


Jose Mourinho's side were willing to offer Dortmund a fee in the region of €24m in order to secure the signature of the Armenian captain, with an annual salary of €10m.


The player's current contract will expire at the end of next season, and it is reported that both parties cannot come to an agreement on an extension.

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This will surely come as a blow to Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel's long term plans, as Mkhitaryan was a key member of his squad last campaign.


The player made 31 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, contributing 11 goals and 18 assists, as they reclaimed their spot as Germany's second team.


Mkhitaryan signed for Dortmund from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2013, and has attracted a lot of interest during his time with the Bundesliga side.