Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has shared memories of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a top professional and fun personality.
Aubameyang moved to Borussia Dortmund from France’s St Etienne in 2013 for €13 m, where he scored 79 goals in 95 games under Tuchel.
“Back in the days at Dortmund, it was a pure pleasure to have him in the squad. Auba was a fantastic striker, a fantastic finisher on the pitch,” Tuchel said via Goal ahead of facing Arsenal on Wednesday.
But more than that, he was a fantastic worker off the pitch. I think he did not miss one single training in two years.
"Maybe he arrived five minutes late on the training ground, that can happen with him! But if he does this, he is in a hurry, he excuses, he feels sorry, he has still a smile on his face.
"Yeah, it was a very reliable relationship because he delivered an unbelievable amount of goals, his speed was unique in Bundesliga and he was a crucial player. It was a pleasure to work with him, always a smile on his face, very, very honest guy.
"A bit of a crazy guy, but this is nice crazy. We still are in touch from time to time and exchange messages when some of us has a big win. In some way, he will still always be my player and feels like he will always be my player, so you want him to succeed and have a good time wherever they are.
"When we wanted him to be on time, we told him the meeting was 10.45am when the meeting was 11am so there was a good chance he would be there with everyone else," Tuchel added.
"You could hear the car from far away. You could hear him from a kilometre away, we could prepare everything, start the video because he will arrive soon!
"I don't know and I still don't know how he managed to keep the driving licence in his pocket because from the sound of the car, I don't know if he was always on the speed limit,” the German manager concluded.