Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gotten used to watching players leave Borussia Dortmund over the past few years.
The Bundesliga club have been helpless to prevent some of their best players, including Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze (who has since returned), Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan exit Signal Iduna Park.
Though Aubameyang knows that this is part and parcel of football - in fact, rumours that the Gabon international could follow the aforementioned names is rife - he expects players to show a level of dignity when they leave.
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Which is why Mkhitaryan’s departure disappointed him.
In an interview with Sport Bild, the Dortmund striker claims the publicity surrounding the move was “not okay”.
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BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke publicly declared that the attacking-midfielder would see out the final year of his Dortmund contract. At the time, Mkhitaryan and his agent, Mino Raiola, were planning his move to Old Trafford.
According to German newspaper Bild, Mkhitaryan sent a text to Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel that read: “I go to Manchester United.”
Note to Mkhitaryan
Clearly, the 27-year-old had no interest in staying in Dortmund. Aubameyang knows that if he ever leaves the club, he will act differently.
“In the end, all involved have to be pleased with it, and you still have to be able to look each other in the eye,” he said, per ESPN FC.
"It's about how you do it. And a few things were done in public recently which were not okay, and which you are not necessarily able to relate to as a colleague."
Many Dortmund players were stunned when Mkhitaryan decided to swap Champions League football to be a part of Jose Mourinho’s rebuilding project. Marcel Schmelzer said at the time: "I was surprised that Micki decided to make the move after all. Many players after the season talked to him about his plans. In the end, all you can do is to accept the decision."
"Things will run smoothly"
But Aubameyang wants to be able to look at Dortmund’s players and coaches in the eyes if and when he walks away.
"Those who know me, know that I am an open and honest guy, and it will always stay like that," he added. "Should there be talks about a transfer one day, things will run smoothly, I promise that."
Take note, Henrikh.
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