Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool have this afternoon been dealt a blow, following news breaking that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put pen to paper on a new deal with Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang, a 28-year-old Gabonese international, has developed into of of world football’s most in-demand stars over recent seasons.
Since joining Dortmund from Saint-Etienne in 2013, the lightning-quick attacker has notched an incredible 98 goals in 143 Bundesliga appearances, doing a phenomenal job of filling the shoes left by Robert Lewandowski.
Unsurprisingly, ‘Auba’ has been linked with a host of European giants over the last few years, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Manchester City having all been touted as potential destinations during this summer’s transfer window.
The 55-time capped international has previously stated his desire to join Real Madrid, though he also warmed to the idea of a return to AC Milan (where he played early in his career) earlier this year.
In the end, though, the Rossoneri took too long to come to an agreement with Dortmund, who took their crown jewel off the market in the middle of July.
Nevertheless, it was still widely expected that Aubameyang would be moving on from the Westfalenstadion in the near future, with Chelsea and Liverpool named as the clubs most likely to splash out big money on his signature.
But, in something of a surprise emanating from Dortmund this afternoon, sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that Aubameyang has penned a new deal with the club (reportedly containing a pay rise), prolonging his stay until 2021.
‘The contract runs through to ’21. That’s still a long way away,’ Zorc explained.
Despite Auba’s new deal, though, Zorc also revealed that he fully expects the African hitman to move on at some stage in the future:
‘One day, he will certainly leave Borussia Dortmund — he won’t end his career here. He’s an extremely important player for us, and we continue to plan with him.’
Aubameyang himself also confirmed his new deal, via a post on his Twitter page:
Let me Listen Music!! better than newspaper. it’s a Bit of Time i extend my contract🙈 but it’s not your mistake, you didn’t know as often ⏰⏰ pic.twitter.com/xtvazSOQgZ
— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) December 18, 2017