Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has questioned the way Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced his move to Arsenal last month.
The Gabon striker eventually joined the Gunners for a club-record £56million fee on deadline day, less than a montn after Arsene Wenger ruled out a move for the Borussia Dortmund man.
Both clubs went back and forward regarding the fee and Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke claimed Aubameyang deliberately played poorly to get a move to the Premier League.
“He’ll run into major problems. The next player who tries to put us under pressure by withholding performances or even going on strike will not get a pass and will instead sit in the stands,” Watzke told FAZ earlier this week.
And Gundogan, who spent three seasons with Aubameyang at Dortmund before leaving for City in June 2016, has questioned his behaviour.
“I don’t know if I could have done it like Auba did,” he told SportBild via Sport Witness.
“At that time I was also criticised for my open change intentions at BVB. The reaction of the fans I understood a bit. But I only wanted to be honest and always gave everything for the club.
“Dortmund loses a very, very good player. I very much hope that now peace is restored. Because you need it to be successful in the Bundesliga. All the bickering was certainly not conducive for the performance of the team.
“As a player you get on with it, and if you read any negative things in the paper every day, then it’s a burden. That’s a hindrance to getting full performance. I keep my fingers crossed for BVB that the club qualify for the Champions League. It would be nice if I see the boys there again next season.”