Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said he chose Dortmund over Liverpool in the summer because he did not want to find himself on the bench in England.
Mkhitaryan was one of Liverpool's biggest transfer targets and reportedly came close to agreeing a deal to take him to Anfield.
Instead he opted for the German Champions League finalists and arrived at Westfalenstadion for €27.5m, a club-record signing.
The Armenian international insists it was not the money but the way football is played in Germany that made him opt for the Bundesliga instead of the Premier League, reports espnfc.com.
“Money is not that important in football,” he told Die Welt. “Certainly it is also about your wages. But that doesn’t come first for me. There is only room for football.
“I live football, I think football, I feel football. And when I perform well, the money follows anyhow. I came to Dortmund to play and not to sit on the bench, like it might have been the case in England.”
Mkhitaryan said he noticed Dortmund when they played Shakhtar in last season's Champions League.
“I had many options. But I opted for Dortmund because I like the way football is played here,” he said. “I saw all the BVB games on TV after we had played them with Shakhtar in the Champions League.
“BVB have not only played fantastic football, but also a style of football that suits me. I thought: This is a team I can grow in, where I can further myself.”
Mkhitaryan also expressed his admiration for the Bundesliga outfit's manager, Juergen Klopp, who signed a new contract with the club last week.
“That’s great news, because it is a real pleasure to work with him. I also enjoy just talking to him. Juergen Klopp is a great coach and a great person,” he said.
Dortmund face Arsenal at home in the Champions League on Wednesday. The sides are tied with Napoli at the top of Group F with six points.
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