THOMAS TUCHEL claims Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang will always feel like one of his own players.
Chelsea are hoping to sign the Barcelona striker alongside team-mate Frenkie de Jong and Leicester’s £80million defender Wesley Fofana.
Blues boss Tuchel, who coached Aubameyang in the two most successful seasons of the striker’s career at Dortmund, has been hesitant about signing the player.
But he said: “I enjoyed working with him. It was a pleasure. It has nothing to do with the situation now, but some players remain your players because they were very, very close. We have a very close relationship.”
Aubameyang gained a reputation for poor discipline at Arsenal which made him happily join Barca in January.
Tuchel said: “I’ve never experienced anything like it. This has nothing to do with the situation at Arsenal, which I will not comment on out of respect. There was never a problem at Dortmund.”
Asked if he would like to manage the Gabon striker again, Tuchel said: “It’s a nice try but we’re not talking about the future of the players. The future lies in the next training session.”
And when quizzed about Fofana’s signing, Tuchel, whose team face Spurs on Sunday, said: ‘No matter how good your question is going to be, I’m not going to comment on it.
“We could do with a more centre-back if you look at the numbers. The profile of the guys in the back three is a bit different, I’ll admit. We could use another one.
“I think we could use our squad in depth and strengthen it. It is one thing you desire and another thing that is possible.
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“We are looking for top quality and top personalities, good characters who are really competitive and at the highest level.
“We are calm and ambitious at the same time. There are still a few days left until the end of the transfer period. Everything is possible until the end.
“We’re not going to panic and try to sign players we’re not 100 per cent confident in.
“All the signings so far have been fantastic signings that help us.
“It’s now a daily business to coach the team and not lose your head too much as a coach.
“What’s the point of losing my head in my office and thinking about the players who aren’t here?
“We’re calm and all the energy and ambition goes into the group that’s here. We still have time.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5985702/chelsea-thomas-tuchel-aubemeyang-transfer/ ‘It was a tight bond, very tight’ – Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel drops big transfer tip on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang