Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc was surprised by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s ‘strong and exaggerated reaction’ to Hans-Joachim Watzke’s recent comments.
Aubameyang called the Dortmund chief executive a ‘clown’ after the 60-year-old suggested the striker left the German club to join Arsenal in January 2018 solely due to financial reasons.
Watzke said: “Some [players] go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.
“Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.”
Responding to Watzke, Aubameyang was critical of the BVB CEO on social media.
He wrote on Twitter: “Better for you I never talk about why I really left Dortmund Mr Watzke you such a clown I remember that time you said we never gonna sell Ousmane [Dembele] then you saw more than 100M you were the first to take that money don’t talk about money please!!! Leave me alone pls.”
Better for you I never talk about why I really left Dortmund Mr Watzke you such a clown 🤡 I remember that time you said we never gonna sell Ousmane then you saw more than 100M you were the first to take that money 🤣🤣🤙🏽don’t talk about money please!!! Leave me alone pls 🙏🏽
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) October 3, 2019
The spat continued on Friday with Zorc, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director, admitting he could not understand Aubameyang’s fierce reaction to Watzke’s comments.
He said: “My feeling is that Auba took the wrong tone here and had the wrong choice of words. Hans-Joachim Watzke did not say anything bad and did not mean anything bad.
“In the time Auba was with us, during four-and-a-half years, we have always stood behind him even in difficult situations.
“In that sense, I cannot understand now why he’s had such a strong and exaggerated reaction.”
Despite Aubameyang sharing the Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals last season, Arsenal failed to secure Champions League football for a third successive campaign.
But the Gabon international has been a huge hit since joining the Gunners for £56million from Dortmund, scoring 49 goals in 74 appearances.