Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has said to Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan that he would be making a huge mistake leaving his current club to go and play for either Liverpool or Spurs in the Premiership.

Despite what his coach has said the 24-year-old is expected to join one of the English sides in the next few days, with Liverpool thought to be the front runners for the midfielder’s signature.

“It is his decision, his desire, but there is still time for him to change his mind, because I think he is making a big mistake,” Lucescu is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

“I can understand the urge to leave if he has a chance to go to a club that surpasses Shakhtar, like Barcelona or Real Madrid, but not many clubs are beyond our level – not clubs like Liverpool or Tottenham.

“We are a strong club with 50,000 passionate supporters every week, and every year we are fighting for the league, the cups and the Champions League.

“This place is good for him, and he is making a mistake if he thinks there are many teams above this level.”