Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay away from pre-season training 

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay away from pre-season training 

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken decisive action by informing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to refrain from participating in pre-season training until the following week. 

Pochettino aims to sell Aubameyang before that time as he does not consider him a crucial part of his future plans.

 Chelsea has already bid farewell to several former first-team players during this transfer window, including goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, who have both relocated to Saudi Arabia. 

Pochettino intends to continue this trend of player departures in order to streamline the squad before the start of the season, with Aubameyang being the next player targeted. 

It is worth noting that Aubameyang is not the sole Chelsea striker who may be departing the club.

Romelu Lukaku is standing firm in his desire to continue playing for Inter Milan, where he spent the previous season on loan. Inter Milan has turned down Chelsea’s initial offer of £23 million, but there is optimism that a deal can be reached between the two clubs.

Similar to Aubameyang, Lukaku was expected to return to Chelsea’s training base this week but has now been allowed to wait until negotiations with Inter Milan are finalized. It is highly likely that Lukaku has already made his final visit to Chelsea as a player.

Although Aubameyang’s transfer fee was significantly lower than Lukaku’s £98 million, he has also failed to impress since joining Chelsea.

 As reported by The Telegraph, Pochettino has treated Aubameyang in a similar manner, and while his departure is not as imminent as Lukaku’s, there is growing interest from several Saudi Arabian teams.

Chelsea’s sidelined players seem to have found interest in the Middle East, as Hakim Ziyech is also exploring the possibility of a move there after failing a medical at Al-Nassr. However, it is unlikely that he will become Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate as Al-Nassr’s second offer included a significant reduction in wages.

In the event that the expected deals do not materialize before Chelsea’s deadline, players like Aubameyang and Ziyech may be required to train separately from the rest of the first team.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is already training apart from the team and has reportedly expressed his desire to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, following a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen last season.

It is highly improbable that any of the high-profile players discarded by Pochettino will join Chelsea’s pre-season tour in the USA. The team is set to depart on Monday, marking their first summer tour in the United States.

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay away from pre-season training 

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