Henrikh Mkhitaryan has asserted that “I’m not here to be a tourist. I’m here to help Roma achieve something.”
Mkhitaryan left Arsenal for Roma late in the summer transfer window, moving on a dry loan without an option to buy.
The attacking midfielder has spent the majority of his career in countries with colder weather, and he admits it is a relief to be playing in a sunnier climate.
“It’s great [here]. The club and the city have so much history,” he told FourFourTwo.
“The weather is similar to Armenia’s, where we have 300 days of sun, and the Italian people are a bit similar to Armenians – funny, ironic, with a similar mentality. So I’m feeling good.
“But of course I’m not here to be a tourist. I’m here to help Roma achieve something.”
The 30-year-old then backed teammate Nicolo Zaniolo to become “one of the best players in the world”.
“For sure, he can become one of the best players in the world – he has the ability.
“He was named Serie A’s Young Player of the Year last season, meaning he did a very good job, but that’s not enough – he’s able to do more.
“He’s a huge talent and can be even better.”
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