Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that he was particularly annoyed by the lack of respect shown by AC Milan in their pursuit of their star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
The two clubs played out a friendly on Tuesday in China with Dortmund running out 3-1 victors , but off the field the German club are said to be seriously irate with the Italians public statements surrounding their key man.
AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone is understood to have disclosed the club were looking at three strikers on the club's TV channel; Aubameyang, Alvaro Morate and Andrea Belotti.
The declaration has irritated Watzke as he told Sky Sports Germany: “It can not be that other sports directors stand out and say ‘the player I want to have and still have'. These are the conditions at AC Milan, that is no respect!"
It is believed that Milan's public pursuit of the striker is why Dortmund ruled out selling Aubameyang this summer, as Watzke added: “time that we have set a clear sign."
Despite the Gabon international seeming pining for a move away this summer the German club's CEO does not expect any conflict from the player despite the club having eight weeks to sanction a move.
He added: "He feels very comfortable with us, and we also with him.
Watzke also refused to confirm if a firm offer had ever been received for their top goal scorer last season.
"In the parameters we have defined before, nothing has been achieved."
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