By Martin Graham | twenty sixth Jul 2023
The 34-year-old left Chelsea after one season which noticed him make solely 21 appearances in all competitions. He joined the Blues from Barcelona due to the Catalan giants’ well-publicised monetary struggles. Now, he has accomplished a return to the league the place he received his huge break in soccer to play for Marseille.
The Olympians signed him for 3 years on a free switch and the France-born former Gabon worldwide is ready to hitch them for pre-season preparations quickly.
Pierre-Francois Aubameyang spoke to French publication L’Equipe on Tuesday after his son’s switch was official. He believes that returning to France to play for Marseille will assist his son’s profession get well from the nightmare yr he had at Stamford Bridge.
“His jaw was damaged by robbers at his residence in Barcelona whereas making an attempt to guard his spouse and kids.” Pierre-Francois started. “At Chelsea, he performed with a masks initially. It may solely be a nightmare yr. Now it’s over. He has a smile. He is aware of that I’m seeing the sunshine once more as a result of I can stroll and run since my final operation.”
Pierre-Francois Aubameyang went on to assert that his son signing for Marseille has happy many again residence in Gabon due to the membership’s affiliation with African gamers.
“He’s signing for (Marseille). It’s a huge reduction after the nightmare yr that he skilled (at Chelsea),” the senior Aubamyang added. “There was contact with Saudi Arabia, however when (Marseille) come ahead… who hasn’t dreamed of taking part in for this membership? Particularly in Africa. I maintain receiving messages from again residence.”
Aubameyang is ready for his second Ligue 1 debut, 10 years after his final match. He represented LOSC Lille, AS Monaco and Saint-Etienne. It was with the latter that he gained prominence, which led Borussia Dortmund to signal him in 2013.
He loved the very best years of his profession on the Westfalenstadion and was spectacular sufficient to bag a Bundesliga Participant of the Yr award in 2016. After 5 seasons, 144 league video games and 98 objectives, a few of which gained him the Torjägerkanone award for the German Bundesliga high scorer, he moved to Arsenal.
His first two years at Arsenal had been nice however the arrival of Mikel Arteta and the idea of the captaincy position served to convey his time on the Emirates to an finish. He spent a profitable six months at Barcelona who needed to promote him to Chelsea to assist steadiness their books.
Aubameyang will now look in direction of finishing his three-year contract with Marseille and presumably select the highly-lucrative Saudi Professional League as his subsequent vacation spot.