sport news Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is KICKED OUT of Chelsea's Champions League squad trends now
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been kicked out of Chelsea's Champions League squad for the knockout stages to make room for £107m signing Enzo Fernandez.
The striker has not started a single game for Chelsea since November and the influx of new signings will only increase competition in forward positions.
Reports in Spain claim that the 33-year-old was desperate to leave Stamford Bridge - and he wanted to return to Barcelona - but he did not exit during the January window.
Since making his move to Stamford Bridge in August, the striker has failed to establish himself in the Chelsea side, with Kai Havertz often deployed as a No 9 instead.
Aubameyang has however started all six games for Chelsea in the Champions League this year, scoring against AC Milan at Stamford Bridge and the San Siro.
Chelsea have also been forced to leave £35million January signing Benoit Badiashile out of their Champions League squad, while wantaway winger Hakim Ziyech keeps his place.
The Blues come up against Borussia Dortmund across two legs in the last-16 later this month, but Graham Potter has faced a selection headache after Chelsea recruited a further eight players in January.
The British-record £107m signing of World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez took Todd Boehly's spending to a staggering £323.5m in January.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been kicked out of Chelsea's