MOSCOW, June 11 (Sputnik) - A possible transfer to a top European club could ruin CSKA Moscow and Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin's career if he does not get regular playing time at his new side, Arsenal and Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan told Sputnik Monday.
Earlier, media reported that a host of European clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Napoli and Monaco were interested in the 22-year-old footballer.
"When in Russia, I'm always asked about Golovin, if he should leave CSKA or not. I can say only one thing: if Golovin really wants to move to a European club he should choose the one where he will play and not sit on the bench. It's clear that everyone dreams about Real or Barcelona, but there should be clear understanding that transfer to such high-level clubs can ruin a player's career," Mkhitaryan said.
Golovin, who has been capped 19 times for Russia since his senior debut in 2015, including three matches at UEFA Euro 2016, was named in Russia's final 23-man World Cup squad.
Russia will host the FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15. The fixtures will be played at 12 stadiums across 11 cities, with the host nation facing Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay in Group A.