Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted he’ll love to remain a Roma player for a few more years but concedes that the decision is not up to him.
Mkhitaryan is enjoying life in the Serie A and would not mind remaining there for a few more years.
The 31-year-old joined Roma from Arsenal on a season-long loan deal back in September.
Since making the switch to the Stadio Olimpico, Mkhitaryan has done quite well, contributing with six goals and three assists.
There was no-buy option or further option to extend in his loan deal and that means the Armenian would ideally return to Arsenal at the end of the season.
Mkhitaryan has boldly said that he wants to remain with Roma much longer but wouldn’t take offence if Mikel Arteta wants him back at the Emirates.
“Of course I would like to be at Roma next season, not only next season [but] for another few years,” Mkhitaryan said on the Futbol with Grant Wahl podcast.
“But I still have a contract with Arsenal and it’s not up to me. It’s up to Arsenal and Roma if they will agree on terms of the transfer fee.”
“So my thinking is to train hard, to play hard, to look forward to what’s going to happen.
Mkhitaryan is well aware he might not get his wish but is ready to play his football wherever.
“Of course, if I’m not going to stay at Roma I have to go back to Arsenal. I’m not complaining, football life changes so quickly so you have to be ready to play wherever you are.
“If not in Rome, I’m going to go back and play for Arsenal, if not, I’m going to stay here and play for Rome.”