Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed his disappointment at seeing Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave for Manchester United this summer.
The Armenian playmaker arrived at Old Trafford last week for £26m, becoming the third player to be signed by Mourinho in this window.
Tuchel oversaw Mkhitaryan’s finest season at Dortmund, but will now have to prepare for the challenge of facing him when his side go up against Man United in Shanghai on July 22.
The Dortmund boss stated his dejection at losing such a bright talent.
“I was disappointed to see him go. I am a huge fan of Mkhitaryan,” said Tuchel.
“Three extremely important players have left us. We have lost three key men with the departure of Hummels, Gundogan and Mkhitaryan. They are three players of the highest level.
“We did everything within our powers to hold on to them. The offers were pushing our boundaries. We have to acknowledge that there are clubs higher in the food chain.
“The three players who have left have had an enormous influence on the team. They were examples for the others.”
A quick glance at the 27-year-old’s numbers from last season show why Tuchel is so disappointed to see him leave: 23 goals and 32 assists across all competitions, alongside being voted Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2015/16 in a poll of his fellow professionals, show that this guy is entering the form of his life.
The challenge of a new league and type of opposition is always a challenging obstacle, but Mkhitaryan’s sheer natural ability will certainly aid him as he settles in to English football next season.