Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan blast former Borussia Dortmund teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal transfer move.
The 27-year-old Germany international Gundogan played with Aubameyang at Signal Iduna Park before joining Manchester City in 2016 and watched on from afar as the Gabonese striker became Gunners club-record signing for £56 million on transfer deadline day.
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Former Africa Footballer of the Year departed Dortmund under something of a cloud, with club chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke hinting the 28-year-old had “withheld performances” to secure his transfer to the Premier League.
Gundogan criticised the manner Aubameyang force the deal to go through “I don’t know if I could have done it like Auba
did,” Manchester City midfielder told Bild. “At that time I was also criticised for my open intentions [to leave] at BVB.
“The reaction of the fans I understood a bit. But I only wanted to be honest and always gave everything for the club.”
Gundogan added: “Both parties live with the solution taken, although Dortmund loses a very, very good player. I very much hope that now peace is restored. Because you need it to be successful in the Bundesliga. All the bickering was certainly not conducive for
the performance of the team.
Aubameyang scored 13 goals in 16 Bundesliga games for Dortmund this season before switching to Premier League to find back of the net on his Arsenal debut at Emirate against Everton