The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of June and after it was confirmed that Mourinho would replace Paulo Fonseca, it seemed likely that the Armenian would be leaving Rome due to their tense relationship at former club Manchester United.
However, according to The Mirror Mkhitaryan has reportedly been offered a new two year deal worth £3.8million a season, and must decide within the next 48 hours whether he accepts or opts to become a free agent.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly been offered a new deal to extend his stay at Roma
Mourinho and Mkhitaryan had a ‘frosty’ relationship during their time together at Old Trafford
The Armenian struggled to replicate the form he showed at Borussia Dortmund that secured him a move to Old Trafford during his time in Manchester, and Mourinho criticised him for his underwhelming performances.
Mkhitaryan spoke last month about how arduous he found it working under the tutelage of Mourinho, however just a few weeks later he was unveiled as Roma’s new boss.
When asked if the ‘Special One’ was a hard man to please he told Forza Roma: ‘Yes, I could say yes.
‘He’s a winner by nature. He wants you to win and you do what he asks you.
Mkhitaryan claims he was criticised by Mourinho for Manchester United’s poor results
‘It’s difficult for anyone. There have been differences and conflicts, but they have not had a strong impact on good work and the three trophies won.’
The 32-year-old winger also revealed instances in which Mourinho would blame him for United’s poor form.
He recalled: ‘Once Mourinho saw me at breakfast and said to me: ‘Because of you, the press criticises me.
‘I replied: ‘Really, mister? I’m not doing it on purpose’.
The Armenian midfielder described his time in north London playing for Arsenal as a ‘fairy-tale’
Mkhitaryan eventually left United for Arsenal in a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez.
Although his stay in north London was brief, he insists he had no regrets signing for the Gunners and working with Arsene Wenger.
He added: ‘I knew that Wenger and Arsenal were interested in me at the time of the conflicts with Mourinho.
‘Wenger wanted me with the Gunners. Going to them was fulfilling the dream I had as a child.
‘Moving to Wenger’s Arsenal was a dream, a fairy-tale.’