The Chelsea hierarchy have reportedly given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reassurance about his future at the club following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel this week.
Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday morning less than 24 hours after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League group stage opener.
Graham Potter has now been officially named as Tuchel’s replacement as he arrived from Brighton on a five-year contract.
Aubameyang, meanwhile, was signed on Tuchel’s recommendation in the closing stages of the transfer window and the ex-Arsenal captain was keen to be reunited with his former manager after their successful spell together at Borussia Dortmund.
That would be short-lived, however, as Aubameyang only made one appearance before Chelsea decided to sack Tuchel.
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea’s new co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali spoke to the squad following Tuchel’s departure, but a personal call was also made to Aubameyang to reassure him that his arrival was not just to please his former manager to please.
The report claims that Aubameyang appreciated Chelsea’s message, with the club insisting they believe the striker will still be a success under Potter.
Aubameyang is struggling for his first Premier League start under Potter as Chelsea play Fulham in Saturday’s early kick-off.
The 33-year-old played against Dinamo Zagreb wearing a protective mask after suffering facial injuries in a burglary at his home in Barcelona before joining Chelsea.
Following Aubameyang’s departure, Barcelona head coach Xavi described the former Arsenal captain as a ‘gem’ in his dressing room.
“I feel bad because he helped us a lot,” said Xavi.
“He was a role model on and off the pitch. He made a big difference – look at his numbers. As a person he is a gem and always trains with a smile on his face.
“It’s a shame because you want those kinds of players in your squad but it was a good opportunity for him and for the club too.
“We had to put the pieces of the puzzle together and in the end we’re all happy I think.
“But I feel bad as a coach when I lose a player like Aubameyang. He was a role model for the club and for all players.”
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