Jose Mourinho makes transfer U-turn with ex-Man Utd star despite frosty relationship

The Portuguese gaffer had a difficult relationship with the former Manchester United player but he has attempted to smooth things over by of...

The Portuguese gaffer had a difficult relationship with the former Manchester United player but he has attempted to smooth things over by offering the Roma star a new deal.


Jose Mourinho is set to put aside his differences with Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the Roma boss has offered the winger a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Armenian's contract runs out the summer and, with Mourinho replacing Paulo Fonesca for next season, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that he would find a new club due to their frosty relationship at Manchester United.

Mkhitaryan failed to live up to the hype when he moved to Old Trafford from Dortmund as Mourinho singled him out for his poor performances.

The 32-year-old spoke last month about how difficult it was to work under the Portuguese boss when they were at United, but little did he know, he was going to be unveiled as his new manager at Roma just weeks later.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jose Mourinho had a difficult relationship at Manchester United
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jose Mourinho had a difficult relationship at Manchester United 

But the Portuguese gaffer has attempted to smooth things over by offering him a new two-year deal until 2023, according to reports in Italy.

Mkhitaryan will decide in the next 48 hours whether to accept the proposal or become a free agent this summer.

Asked if Mourinho is difficult to please, Mkhitaryan told Forza Roma : “Yes, I could say yes.

“He’s a winner by nature. He wants you to win and you do what he asks you.

“It’s difficult for anyone. There have been differences and conflicts, but they have not had a strong impact on good work and the three trophies won.”

Mkhitaryan opened up about various instances where Mourinho would blame him for United's poor results.

He recalled: “Once Mourinho saw me at breakfast and said to me: ‘Because of you, the press criticises me.

“I replied: ‘Really, mister? I’m not doing it on purpose’.

Jose Mourinho has attempted to smooth things over with Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Jose Mourinho has attempted to smooth things over with Henrikh Mkhitaryan 

“Back in Manchester United there were paparazzi three days a week. They filmed you as you got in the car, how you were dressed.

“Once you arrived at the sports centre they were already there. Every step was controlled.”

Mkhitaryan was offered an escape route to Arsenal in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez.

And although his time at the Emirates was short-lived, he insists he fulfilled a dream by wearing a Gunners shirt in an Arsene Wenger side.

His "conflicts" with Mourinho also made it a straightforward decision for the playmaker.

He added: “I knew that Wenger and Arsenal were interested in me at the time of the conflicts with Mourinho.

“Wenger wanted me with the Gunners. Going to them was fulfilling the dream I had as a child.

Many French players had worn that shirt in the past: Henry, Pires, Bergkamp, Petit, Vieira.

“I was very passionate. Then, with the arrival of the United Arab Emirates, they started having economic problems and started investing in young people.

“Moving to Wenger’s Arsenal was a dream, a fairytale.”

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