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Mkhitaryan eyes Shakhtar Donetsk exit

Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be set for a move to one of Europe's biggest clubs this summer after declaring his intention to leave Shakhtar Donetsk.

Henrik Mkhitaryan began his career with Pyunik Yerevan and has also played for Metalurh Donetsk
Henrik Mkhitaryan began his career with Pyunik Yerevan and has also played for Metalurh Donetsk

Mkhitaryan, 24, caught the eye in the Champions League this season as Shakhtar reached the last-16. The attacking midfielder scored both goals in their opening group game, a 2-0 win over FC Nordsjaelland and has scored 32 goals in 63 Shakhtar appearances.

The Armenia international, who has 36 senior caps, has previously been linked with Barcelona and Chelsea but it is likely a host of clubs in the top European leagues will be interested.

Mkhitaryan has won the Ukraine double twice and, with Shakhtar 15 points clear of Metalist Kharkiv with nine games remaining, it is almost certain he will win a third consecutive championship medal while they are also still in the Ukraine Cup.

"For every player, playing for the strongest clubs in the world is a dream and the main goal, and I will do everything possible to move to another club," Mkhitaryan said at a Q&A with the Armenia national team in Yerevan. "If you play well and they scout you, then a transfer to another club is always a step forward."

Mkhitaryan has two years left on his contract at Shakhtar so they will have to cash in this summer if they are to get a fee close to his true value.

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