Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be staying at Borussia Dortmund beyond this season, according to the player’s father.
The forward joined Dortmund last season for a fee thought to be in the region of £11 million. However, the Gabon international struggled to break into the starting 11, despite scoring 16 goals in his first season in Germany, and was thought to be looking for a move elsewhere.
Roma and Newcastle were among the clubs interested and the player’s agent admitted that his client would like to return to Italy, but the player’s father has now ended the rumours surrounding Aubameyang’s career.
He told reporters: “There are no truth in those rumours, my son will carry on at Borussia Dortmund.
“He likes it at the club and the club did a lot to help him settle. No one from Dortmund has told us that they are out to sell my son – much to the opposite.”
Competition for places
The former Saint-Etienne man will be hoping that he is given more opportunities next year, as the club's star striker, Robert Lewandowski, is set to join rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer. However, he will have to compete against Ciro Immobile for the starting role up front, who is moving to the club in a £17million deal.
Ciro Immobile was the top scorer in Serie A last season, netting 22 goals for Torini, so Aubameyang will have to step up his game if he wishes to move to the top of the pecking order.
Blow for Newcastle
The news about Aubameyang’s future will be another blow to Newcastle in their search for a striker, after recently hearing that Arsenal are set to pay Loic Remy’s £10 million release clause, all but ending their chances of securing the loan star who scored 14 goals for them last season.
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