Dortmund’s Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrate scoring a hattrick, the 4-0 goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, 2nd-leg football match Borussia Dortmund v SL Benfica in Dortmund, western Germany on March 8, 2017John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Borussia Dortmund’s CEO has defended their under-fire star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been the target of negative headlines in the German media recently.

Dortmund resume their Bundesliga campaign after the winter break on Sunday at home to Wolfsburg with star striker Aubameyang hoping to add to his tally of 13 goals in 15 league games.

He is also just two short of scoring his 100th Bundesliga goal.

However, Aubameyang, last season’s top scorer in Germany, earned heavy criticism in the German media after being suspended last November by the club for turning up late to training and an unauthorised video shoot.

Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer recently admitted constant speculation, mostly linked to Chinese clubs, about Aubameyang’s future also distracts the squad.

Aubameyang further irked the media last week after checking his father and brother into the team hotel during Dortmund’s winter training camp in Marbella, Spain, criticism which, Watzke says, was unjustified.

“In all this scrutiny, which is an extravagence as far as I am concerned, we mustn’t forget one thing: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a total professional,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told German daily Die Welt.

“I don’t like…

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