Tuchel embraces Aubameyang
Tuchel embraces Aubameyang - Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt - German Bundesliga - Reuters/Ina Fassbender

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has stated that the recently crowned African Player of the Year and the current Bundesliga top scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be sold in the winter transfer window.

English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with the man from Gabon. The 26-year-old Aubameyang is currently the hottest property in Europe’s transfer circuit.

“I can’t imagine for one moment Aubameyang leaving. He is the core of the team. We have a lot still to do with him. There is no debate about it.” Tuchel said at Dortmund’s training camp in Dubai, as reported by The National.

Aubameyang currently leads the Bundesliga goal scoring table with 18 goals under his belt in just 17 appearances. The Gabonese is contracted to Dortmund until 2020.

Meanwhile, Dortmund executive Hans-Joachim Watze has stressed on the fact that the stressful English football calendar will prove to be difficult for the Bundesliga superstars who are used to a five-week winter break.

“The players are squeezed there, often like a lemon. They are given hardly any rhythm in their game.” Watzke said to Bild.

He suggested the football professionals to take this into consideration before making any decision of moving to the Premier League and not only let money be the deciding factor.

Aubameyang has been in the news recently for other reasons as well. His crowning as the African Player of the Year award has not gone down well with fellow nominee Yaya Toure. The Manchester City midfielder has gone on to publicly criticise the decision.

“It is sad to see Africa react in this way, it does not give importance to African things. This is what makes the shame of Africa. To behave in this way is indecent, but what can we do? We don’t show Africa is important in our eyes.” Toure said to Radio France International.

Toure also went on to add that Africa gives priority to everything else rather than its own and labelled it as “pathetic”.