Transferred to Chelsea in the final hours of the summer transfer window, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is already back in England eight months after leaving Arsenal. At a press conference, Xavi praised the professionalism of the Gabonese international.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Catalan adventure only lasted eight months. Late in the evening of Thursday, Barça formalized the departure of the Gabonese international, who takes the direction of Chelsea, with whom he is committed until 2024. The former Arsenal striker will therefore try to relaunch in London, he who was signaled the exit by the management of the Spanish club after the arrival of Robert Lewandowski.
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Alonso goes the opposite way
Despite only a few months in Xavi’s squad (13 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions), the Blaugrana coach wanted to salute his now ex-player. « Regarding Aubameyang, I’m sorry because he helped us a lot on and off the pitch. He’s wonderful. The stats are amazing, as a person he’s a treasure, always with a smile. (His departure) C It was an opportunity for him and for the club. Everyone was satisfied, but I’m sorry, » he explained at a press conference.
If Barça received a check for 12 million euros for the departure of the Gabonese (according to the Catalan press), Marcos Alonso terminated his contract with Chelsea to engage with Barça, six years after his arrival in the English capital from Fiorentina. The Spanish international (9 selections), trained at Real Madrid, will commit outside the transfer window period since he is now a player free of any contract.
For his part, Xavi is convinced that the case will be settled quickly. « We are optimistic that Alonso’s registration problem will be resolved tonight before midnight. We are waiting, and the club are working on it to register him in the Champions League as well. »