Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that we is driven to success by the memory of his late father.
The Manchester United star, Jose Mourinho’s second signing at the club, was only seven when his father, Hamlet died due to a brain tumour.
Mkhitaryan believes his dad is “looking down from the sky” on him as he embarks a new career in England.
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Hamlet passed away at the age of 33, meaning he didn’t get the chance to watch his son blossom into a fine footballer.
Mkhitaryan’s father was a footballer himself, playing in France for some of his career, before his premature death.
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“He was my drive, so he was my motivation because when I was young he was playing football professionally and I was always dreaming to go with him to the training ground,” Mkhitaryan said during United’s recent trip to China, per The Guardian.
“It was my dream to continue his work and to also be a football player.
“He was 33 years old, I was seven years old at the time so, yes, it is a pity but that’s life. The life continues and I hope he is proud looking at me from the sky so I try to do everything to make him proud.
“I’m sad because I think he could have helped me with his words and his support, but that’s life. I’m trying to do everything with my family members, my friends, who are watching me every day, every game, so they are trying to help me to say what I did wrong and what I did well and I try to improve myself.”
Mkhitaryan has watched footage of his father
Mkhitaryan admits that growing up without a father made it difficult for him to learn a sense of discipline in life.
“On one side, yes it made me grow up quicker,” he continued. “And on one side no because it is very difficult when you grow up without a father because in the family you don’t have a real man who can give you direction, discipline.
“I watched many times [footage of him] when I was young but now the football changes a lot so it is not necessary to watch a game [to learn from him].
“You can watch just to remember the way he played, to remember that he was judging himself on the pitch but watching the game saying: ‘You can learn something new’ [is not necessary] because now the football has become more faster, more quicker, more stronger, so they’re just memories.”