Thomas Tuchel has vowed not to let disagreements over transfer targets sour relations at Chelsea in the same way they did during his time at Paris Saint-Germain.
Tuchel fell out with PSG sporting director Leonardo over player recruitment and was sacked on Christmas Eve last year.
The German was widely reported to have been unhappy PSG were not prepared to finance a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored 79 times in 95 appearances at Dortmund under Tuchel’s tutelage.
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Tuchel is keen to avoid such clashes at Stamford Bridge, however, although he admits the Gabon international “will still always be my player” ahead of Chelsea’s game with Arsenal on Wednesday night – live on Sky Sports.
“Back in the days at Dortmund, it was a pure pleasure to have him in the squad,” said Tuchel.
“Auba was a fantastic striker, a fantastic finisher on the pitch. But, more than that, he was a fantastic worker off the pitch.
Tuchel with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during their time together at Borussia Dortmund
“I think he did not miss one single training in two years. Maybe he arrived five minutes late on the training ground, that can happen with him! But if he does this, he is in a hurry, he feels sorry, he still has a smile on his face.
“It was a very reliable relationship because he delivered an unbelievable amount of goals, his speed was unique in the Bundesliga and he was a crucial player. A bit of a crazy guy, but nice crazy.