Mino Raiola responds to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s ‘demand’ to leave Arsenal

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Mkhitaryan’s future is unclear (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Mino Raiola insists Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not told Arsenal that his time at the Emirates is ‘over’ and slammed the spreading of ‘fake news’ amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mkhitaryan has spent the season on loan at Italian side Roma, with the Serie A club hoping to conclude a permanent transfer ahead of the next campaign.

And according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Mkhitaryan privately told Arsenal about his future plans: ‘My time in London is over, I hope you manage to find an agreement with Rome because my desire is to stay.’

However, super-agent Raiola denied that there had been any such demand made by the Armenia international.

‘Mkhitaryan did not send any message to Arsenal,’ Raiola posted on social media.

‘Specially in times like these, fake news are completely unacceptable.’

Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has made it clear Roma want the 31-year-old to extend his stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

‘I want him to stay and he also wants to stay,’ Fonseca told Russian TV programme Great Football last week.

‘However, it should be clear that everything is now on hiatus, and we’ll have to talk to Arsenal.

‘I want to continue working with him because he’s a great player and a great man.’

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