Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he’s nonetheless in contact with Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who managed for 2 years at Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang has a powerful report of 141 goals in 213 video games for Dortmund, and the DFB-Pokal pair received collectively in 2017.
With the pair set to fulfill for the primary time in English football, Tuchel talked concerning the Arsenal forward, who has struggled to seek out his regular type this season.
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“It is not getting youthful, that is the problem,” Tuchel said when requested if he would take Arsenal the Aubameyang striker at Stamford Bridge.
“Back within the days at Dortmund, it was an actual pleasure to have him within the squad. Auba was a great striker, a great finisher on the field. However greater than that, he was a great off-field employee. I feel he did not miss a single coaching in two years.
“He might have arrived 5 minutes late on the coaching ground, that may occur with him! But when he does this, he’s in a rush, he pretends, he feels offended, he nonetheless has a smile on his face.
Tuchel jokingly added: “once we needed him to be on time, we informed him the assembly was 10.45am when the assembly was 11am so there was an excellent chance he could be there with everybody else.
“That is not the most important problem. However remember that he’s additionally a top skilled, who by no means missed any coaching session.
“It was a pleasure to work with him, all the time a smile on his face, a really, very trustworthy man.
“A little bit of a mad man, however this can be a loopy one. We nonetheless keep up a correspondence from time to time and exchange messages when a few of us have a big win. In a roundabout way, he’ll all the time be my player and he appears like he’ll all the time be my player, so that you need him to succeed and have an excellent time wherever they’re.
“This contact by no means stopped totally and it is good to see him as a result of he is all the time on for a hug and it is good to see him laughing, however, in fact, we need to cease him and there is not any exchange now earlier than the video games. This isn’t the primary time now we have played against the man we educated so nothing particular there. ”