Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been scoring goals freely from midfield in the Ukraine this season with Shakhtar Donetsk. But he also fancies himself a comedian ... which resulted in Chelsea and Liverpool being linked with the Armenian.
Earlier in the month it was suggested that Chelsea were ready to start the bidding war for arguably Shakhtar Donetsk’s best player this season.
While the Ukrainian side have a plethora of talented Brazilian talent showing off the silky Samba routine at the Donbass Arena it is arguably the best player ever produced from Armenia who has been leading the way in Donetsk.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is first and foremost a mouthful but secondly the forward is a handful on the football pitch.
His technical prowess and guile on the pitch is absorbing and he is certainly one of those mesmerising talents that would attract the attention of the Premier League.
Add to his mercurial style of play an insatiable need to score goals and you have one hell of a talent. The 24-year-old has scored 20 goals in 26 games this season and with these goals coming from attacking midfield he could be the perfect midfield goalscoring replacement for Frank Lampard; who looks destined to leave this summer as the clubs record goalscorer.
Liverpool have also now been credited with an interest in the player and it all stems from the comments he made earlier in the month:
"For every player to play for the strongest clubs in the world is a dream, and I will do everything possible to move this summer to a different team."
Pretty forthright views and a clear indication that he wants to leave the club this summer…or not.
It seems the dry wit that has made comedy one of our countries greatest imports is also a big thing in Armenia as his comments were made with tongue firmly in cheek.
It seems the reporters who heard the quotes simply did not note the upward inflection in his tone or indeed whether a case of lost in translation applies to overzealous journalists translating a very foreign language from a ropey transcript.
The player has now made his playfulness clear and perhaps there will be no move this summer:
"I'm a player of Shakhtar and I have a contract until 2015, I answered a question in a playful way. I have misunderstood or someone has misinterpreted my words."
Seems this is one transfer rumour we can consign to the record books.
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