Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola has accused former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp of playing the Armenian midfielder out of position, ESPN FC reports.
Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been hailed as one of the best midfielders in Europe by his agent Mino Raiola.
Mkhitaryan, 26, joined Dortmund from Shakthar Donetsk in a club-record €27.5 million deal in the summer of 2013.
Last season, the Armenia international failed to find top form for most of the campaign, scoring only four goals and assisting seven in 41 games over all competitions.
But he has been transformed under new Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel this season, already being involved in 23 goals across 18 games in all competitions. He has scored 11, and set up a dozen from Dortmund’s impressive total of 64 goals in 20 games.
Former boss Jurgen Klopp had said that the player’s performances often seemed to suggest the pressure might be much, but Raiola disagrees.
“Micki never had a mental problem,” he told Bild. “Micki just plays in his position now. That’s it.
“He’s one of the best players in Europe in it. You just have to play players where they are best. When you play [Lionel] Messi at right-back, he also wouldn’t be that good.”
Klopp, left Dortmund at the end of last season and has since taken charge of Liverpool, played Mkhitaryan on the right wing in several games last season, while Tuchel has used him in a more central role or on the left wing.