It must be tough being a Borussia Dortmund fan.
In recent years, they’ve had to sit and watch as their star players leave the club each summer. In 2013, it was Mario Gotze, in 2014, it was Robert Lewandowski and this summer, they have already lost Ilkay Gundogan, captain Mats Hummels and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
It must be pretty tough to take.
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So, it’s no surprise to see the Dortmund fans take their anger out on departing players - and that’s exactly what they’ve done with Mkhitaryan.
Manchester United announced the signing of the Armenian yesterday as he joins the Jose Mourinho revolution at Old Trafford. Upon signing for the Red Devils, Mkhitaryan decided to write a message to everyone at the German club for their support during the previous three seasons.
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I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Borussia Dortmund - from the administration to the coaching staff, my teammates and of course all the amazing fans - for the love and support you have given me in the past seasons. I will never forget the moments we shared together on and off the pitch over the last three years and I feel truly privileged to have represented such a great club and a great city.
When I think back to my roots and my father's football career, I was taught to embrace new challenges and I felt that in order to honour my family's legacy, I had to take this step in my career and join Manchester United.
Thank you once more for all the memories. You will always have a special place in my heart.
If Mkhitaryan was hoping this message would avoid any animosity towards him from Dortmund fans, he was very much mistaken. After posting a link to his letter on Twitter, there were plenty of supporters that hit back at him for his decision to leave the club for United. Check out some of the reaction below:
Mkhitaryan’s comments upon joining probably wouldn’t have gone down too well in Dortmund with him claiming that his father would “finally” be happy with him signing for such a great club.
He said: "I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time. I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young."
For Dortmund fans, they will now be hoping their club can keep hold of their two remaining stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus this summer.
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