Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke says selling Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Manchester United was the right decision.
The Armenian’s move is set to be rubberstamped this week.
Watzke explained to BILD: “At one time I thought we had won because after the discussions with Henrikh Mkhitaryan he gave the firm impression that he’d stay with us. I thought it was impossible for things to change. That was a wrong assessment, I admit.
“First, I had not believed that we’d get for a player with a contract valid only for a year such a fee. Secondly, there has been in the recent past, a new impression about him. Both issues have led to the fact that we made a change in our thinking.
“I bear the overall responsibility for BVB. Next year Mkhitaryan would have gone on a free transfer. We would have to fill the position again, but get no more money for him. It’s my job to weigh these things up.
“The fact that the coach would prefer to keep Micki is completely normal and understandable. But a transfer has always been something strategic and economic.
“The other issues have led to there being no alternative to our decision.”