AC Milan’s hopes of signing Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been dealt a blow after the German club branded the Rossoneri “disrespectful”.
Hans-Joachim Watzke’s remarks come after Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc insisted Aubameyang will be staying at the club.
The Gabon international scored twice as BVB beat Milan 3-1 to open the Chinese leg of the International Champions Cup.
“Given that Aubameyang has made a big contribution to us over the past few years, we decided to give him eight weeks to find a different solution on the market and present us with an offer that would satisfy both our ambitions,” Watzke was quoted as saying by Calciomercato.com.
“But now time’s up, we have to plan for next season and we want to do it with him.
“Milan? It’s not right that their director publicly mentioned [Aubameyang] as a concrete target. I found it disrespectful.
“Now we’re ready to give a clear signal. Pierre will stay with us.”