After completing a move to Serie A rivals Inter, Henrikh Mkhitaryan says winning the Europa Conference League was the “ideal finale” to his Roma career.
Following a disappointing experience in England with Manchester United and Arsenal, the ex-Armenia international spent three years at Stadio Olimpico, the first of which was on loan.
Mkhitaryan made 117 games for Roma, with just four individuals appearing more frequently during his tenure, and contributed directly to 55 goals.
Indeed, Lorenzo Pellegrini (56) was the only Giallorossi player to score and assist more goals in all competitions during that time period.
He appeared nine times in Roma’s successful Europa League campaign under Jose Mourinho last season, which resulted in the Italian club’s first trophy in 60 years.
Mkhitaryan was revealed as an Inter player on Saturday, following the termination of his Roma contract earlier this week.
Mkhitaryan wrote an emotional farewell to Roma fans on social media, praising head coach Jose Mourinho in particular.
In an open letter, he stated, “Roma is a genuinely unique club.” “Your help has been fantastic, and I shall be eternally grateful.
“When I first put on this uniform, I had one goal in mind: to help this team win and make its amazing fans happy. Tirana has reached its goal!
“This victory capped off my three years with the Giallorossi perfectly. It’s time to say good-by.
“I’d like to thank everyone who works at the club for the wonderful bond we’ve formed over the years.
“Thank you so much to our technical team, especially Mr. Mourinho, for his trust and attention to me, as well as the incredible motivation he provided as a player.
“On and off the field, I gave my all for Roma. It was an honor to play here, and I will never forget the incredible moments we shared.
“This club and the Eternal City will live on in my heart forever. I adore you!”
Mkhitaryan is Inter’s fourth confirmed signing of the summer window, following the loan signings of Andre Onana, Romelu Lukaku, and Kristjan Asllani.
Simone Inzaghi’s squad, who finished second to Milan in a close Scudetto struggle last season, kick off their 2022-23 Serie A campaign on August 13 at Lecce.