Amid disciplinary issues and transfer speculation, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped by Borussia Dortmund for Friday night's trip to Hertha Berlin.
But, having been instructed to stay at home and train with the reserves, the striker spent his evening not watching his teammates on TV, but playing five-a-side with friends.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went and played 5-a-side in Dortmund tonight with his mates...while his team-mates were playing away at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. Hmm. With an Ousmane Dembélé shirt on. Hmm. [📸BILD] pic.twitter.com/s8U12iAIHd
It was the beginning of August 2017 when Borussia Dortmund's stadium announcer Norbert Dickel interviewed Michael Zorc, the team's sporting director in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, where then-coach Peter Bosz had applied the finishing touches before the start of the season.
In the interview, Zorc came across as optimistic about the upcoming season, thinking that they had signed the right man for the job to succeed Thomas Tuchel and bring calm back to a club that had been caught in turbulence.
When it comes to a certain level of player -- the key goal scorer, captain or talismanic playmaker, for example -- parting ways is seldom free of acrimony. Sometimes the player's camp will play up supposed differences with the manager or a perceived lack of respect from the club or supporters, to portray that player as victim, forced to leave a ruinous relationship. Clubs often respond in kind, briefing the media about the player's lack of commitment or other hidden...