Henrikh Mkhitaryan says that he is revelling in his role at Borussia Dortmund.
The Armenian midfielder was a big money transfer target for English Premier League side Liverpool before he joined the German giants for a fee in the region of €30 million.
He had been the star of unfashionable Shakhtar Donetsk, but many football fans were in the dark about his dynamism and eye for goal before he started making transfer rumour headlines.
After an injury stilted start to life in Dortmund, Mkhitaryan has sprung to life in yellow, and says that the style of football played by Jurgen Klopp’s side is made for him to thrive in.
Talking about the reasons why he opted to join Dormtund, Mkhitaryan told Die Welt: “Money is not that important in football.
“Certainly it is also about your wages. But that doesn’t come first for me. There is only room for football.
“I live football, I think football, I feel football. And when I perform well, the money follows anyhow. I came to Dortmund to play and not to sit on the bench, like it might have been the case in England.”
“I had many options. But I opted for Dortmund because I like the way football is played here,” he added.
“I saw all the BVB games on TV after we had played them with Shakhtar in the Champions League.
“BVB have not only played fantastic football, but also a style of football that suits me. I thought: This is a team I can grow in, where I can further myself.”
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp made Mkhitaryan the man to replace former club idol Mario Gotze, after the poster boy absconded to Bayern Munich.
It was a great show of faith in the Armenian’s abilities, and the midfielder was suitably chuffed when Klopp penned his contract extension with the club last week.
“That’s great news, because it is a real pleasure to work with him. I also enjoy just talking to him. Jurgen Klopp is a great coach and a great person,” he said.