Borussia Dortmund Chief Executive of Operations Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed that while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is highly valued at the club, no single player is ‘irreplaceable’.
The Gabon international has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal over the last month, with a £42.5m bid reportedly being readied by Arsene Wenger and the board.
The 26-year-old has been most impressive for Dortmund this campaign, scoring 18 goals in his first 17 Bundesliga appearances this season, making him a prized asset for the German giants.
However, in recent years, Thomas Tuchel’s side have been known to allow some of their biggest stars to leave the club, with the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski joining rivals Bayern Munich.
One must never make the mistake to believe that a club like BVB is dependent on a player. We are not dependent on anyone.When Robert Lewandowski left, we found [a replacement] and he even has three more goals than Lewa. We are now so well positioned that we can offer alternative solutions again and again.[Our aim is that] our team stays together. We do not have as much money as the top stars in the Premier League, but we have a lot of other things to offer – for example our players were able to celebrate Christmas.
The likes of Mats Hummels, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan have all been linked with a move away from the club in recent years and Watzke admitted that the temptation isn’t always rife with some players.
Last year around this time, many journalists wrote that our top players would be gone.
Hummels was at Manchester United. Gundogan was with [Real] Madrid, Manchester or Barcelona. And where are they now? Still with us!