Aubameyang ‘sad’ about Tuchel sacking and will contact him ‘as soon as possible’

Chelsea star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has spoken of his sadness and frustration at the departure of Thomas Tuchel last week.

Tuchel brought former Arsenal forward Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge on the final day of the summer transfer window, having worked with him previously at Borussia Dortmund. The 33-year-old had been looking forward to working with his former coach at Chelsea, only for him to get the sack less than 24 hours after handing Aubameyang his debut for the club.

Aubameyang ultimately only played an hour of the Blues' disappointing Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb at the start of the month and had one training session with Tuchel before the German was let go by the west Londoners.

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The Gabonese ace has since discussed the German manager's departure with Hayters TV after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg earlier this week in what was Graham Potter's first game in charge.

"Everyone knows the relationship that I had with Thomas," Aubameyang said. "It's always sad when someone leaves the club. Obviously, I just saw him for a few days. When you play football you have to adapt very quickly to some moments in the season, this can happen."

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Aubameyang was asked whether he had spoken to Tuchel since his departure, to which he revealed: "Not yet. I think he was a bit frustrated and sad, obviously, I will try to talk to him as soon as possible.

"It's been a crazy week for all of us, that's part of life, we have to adapt, I think it's a bit of sadness at the moment, hopefully, we'll get back to better days soon.

"Obviously, I think it's a bit strange for everybody, not only for me, but as I said, this is football, you have to adapt, when you play for Chelsea you need results as soon as possible, that's why I'm a bit frustrated today."

Despite ruing the missed opportunity to reunite with Tuchel, the forward is looking forward to working with his replacement. "I think he's a person who's really positive, he's a great character so we will try to learn with him, to win as soon as possible," he said of Potter.

"I think his idea is very clear, so I think it's going to be easy. Obviously, it takes time to adapt to each other."

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