Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang flew straight to Milan after being left surprised and dissatisfied by Chelsea’s decision to kick him out of their UEFA Champions League squad just five months after joining the team.
It looks like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not in the manner to stick around in London following the decision of Chelsea’s manager, Graham Potter to discard him from the club’s Champions League squad.
Aubameyang future at the London club is of crucial concern with sources close to the player persuaded that the club wants to get rid of the former Arsenal forward.
Chelsea head coach, Graham Potter also left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of his squad that faces Fulham on Friday, 3rd of February, 2023, in the Premier League which resulted in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge, during which a picture emerged on social media of the 33 year old in Milan with his family.
The picture, taken in front of the Duomo di Milano, was captioned simply, “My Family” by Aubameyang’s brother and posted on his Instagram page.
Because of the additions of Mykhailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez in January, Chelsea had to cut Aubameyang off from their European squad on Friday.
After Chelsea registered Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Joao Felix, the club needs to unregister one of their players after Hakim Ziyech’s transfer to PSG didn’t fall through.
Instead of leaving Hakim Ziyech off the 25 men Champions League list, Potter decided to dump Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Chelsea’s Champions League team for their upcoming round of 16 clash against Borussia Dortmund does not include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored three goals in 17 outings since joining the club from Barcelona in September last year.
Thomas Tuchel, the former head coach at Chelsea and an avid fan of Aubameyang’s from his time at Arsenal, helped bring the former Barça forward to the Blues for about £12 million, but he was sacked a week later.
However, Aubameyang was reassured by Chelsea’s owners that Tuchel’s dismissal would not affect his future or their commitment to him.
Aside Aubameyang who was left out of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League squad, they also did not include new arrivals David Datro Fofana, Noni Madueke, Andrey Santos, Gabriel Slonina, and Benoit Badiashile.
Chelsea’s head coach Potter said, “He’s a professional, I realize he’ll be sad,” but added that the player has handled the news of his exit decision well. “Choosing between the two was challenging. Unfortunately for Pierre, he will have to compete for his starting position for the rest of the season.”
The 33-year-old will try to make a return to the starting IX for their upcoming match against West Ham on February 11, although it seems doubtful at this time.
While Aubameyang began off strong for Potter, scoring in back-to-back games against Crystal Palace and AC Milan in the Champions League, both at home and away, he has been held scoreless since October and has been benched.