Mkhitaryan better than Sneijder, says Lucescu

The Shakhtar trainer feels his former pupil would prove to be a shrewd addition if he were to make the move to Juventus
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has advised Juventus to try to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan rather than Galatasaray star Wesley Sneijder.

The Armenia international joined BVB from Shakhtar in July 2013 to replace Mario Gotze, but he has failed to live up to his early hype at the Bundesliga side.

Nevertheless, his former coach at Shakhtar still believes in the attacking midfielder and feels Mkhitaryan would be a perfect fit for Juventus.

"It was hard to see him leave Shakhtar for Dortmund, but we still have a great relationship," Lucescu told Tuttosport.

"It would not surprise me if he were to join Juventus. He is a guy who needs to feel affection and there's too much pressure on him at Dortmund. I think his cycle at Dortmund is over.

"He would be great behind Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.

"Mkhitaryan is much quicker and runs more than Sneijder. He is a complete player. He creates chances, wins back balls and always keeps on going. It is important for him to find the right environment again."

The 25-year-old has a contract with Dortmund until June 2017.