Borussia Dortmund stars Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned down significantly better offers from the Premier League in order to sign for the Bundesliga giants this summer.
The German club fended off strong interest from Liverpool to secure the signature of Armenian international Mkhitaryan in June to pay a club record fee of £24m for the attacking midfielder, after signing striker Aubameyang from St Etienne who had also attracted strong interest from Newcastle United.
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc was quizzed on the club’s marquee summer signings by newspaper Die Welt, telling the publication that both Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang chose their moves to Germany for the right reasons.
“Mkhitaryan and Aubameyanghave a good mentality” Zorc said. “It was also an indication when they chose us despite having significantly more lucrative offers from England. They deliberately chose the sporting perspective.”