TEMPO.CO, Jakarta AS Roma star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has announced his retirement from the Armenian national team. The 33-year-old has played for his country in 95 games.
Mkhitaryan explained his decision through social media, Instagram, Thursday, March 3, 2022.
The player who was born in Yerevan, January 21, 1989, has played for the Armenian national team for 15 years. For the last six years, he was lined up as team captain.
“After 95 international caps, hard work, passion and unprecedented ups and downs throughout the journey of representing my country on the pitch, I have taken the decision to retire from my international career with the Armenian National Team,” he wrote.
The former Arsenal and Manchester United striker said the decision to retire was made after the game against Germany in November. According to him, now is the right time to resign.
“I have given everything I can to my National Team. For the years to come I will be completely focused on my club career.”
He also thanked everyone who had supported him over the years, including the coach and everyone who had played with him and contributed to his growth as a footballer and as a person over the years. At the end, he expressed his support for the Armenian national team.
Mkhitaryan is currently one of AS Roma’s mainstay players under Jose Mourinho. He joined the Giallorossi in September 2020 as a free agent from Arsenal.
He has scored 27 goals in 105 games for Roma. He has been a regular starter under Mourinho this season.
Mourinho and Mkhitaryan previously did not have a good relationship when the two were at Manchester United. However, their relationship is well established at Roma, where Mkhitaryan has made 32 appearances this season, scoring three goals and providing seven assists.
His contract at AS Roma will expire in the summer. However, given his role in Jose Mourinho’s squad this season, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to be extended at the Stadio Olimpico for another season.
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