Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang looks set to stay at Borussia Dortmund this summer, with the player having confirmed that he is not seeking to leave Signal Iduna Park and also suggested that no clubs have really attempted to prise him away from the Bundesliga.
Premier League title contenders Chelsea have been most frequently linked with a potential swoop for the Aubameyang in recent months, with reports dating back to late June even suggesting that the club were in advanced talks with Dortmund over a deal to sign the Gabon international.
Aubameyang staying put
A move to Stamford Bridge now appears particularly unlikely however, with the 25-year-old moving to verbally re-affirm his commitment to his current employers.
"‘I am under contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2018," he told German publication Bild in an interview that was cited by Metro.
"‘I never wanted to leave and I am not out to leave the club. There has been no-one trying to lure me away from Dortmund. That’s a fact. I have heard all of the rumours, the interest from Italy and so on.
"Honestly, that is of no interest to me."
Such quotes would appear to suggest that Aubameyang is focused on succeeding at Dortmund, as the club seek to recover from the loss of talented striker Robert Lewandowski to fierce rivals Bayern Munich and remain in contention for the title.
The Polish international's disappointing defection to the Allianz Arena should theoretically lead to greater first-team opportunities for Aubameyang, although the arrivals of Ji Dong-Won, Adrian Ramos and last season's Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile will ensure that competition for places under the enigmatic figure of Jurgen Klopp remains fiercer than ever.
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Jose Mourinho has subjected Chelsea's frontline to a radical overhaul this summer, with Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku all leaving Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa and Didier Drogba have arrived to strengthen the club's title push, with the much-maligned figure of Fernando Torres seemingly set to stay and fight to restore his ailing reputation despite interest from in his signature from Italy and Spain.
Quite how Aubameyang would have fitted in to Mourinho's system is unclear, although, with his current contract at Dortmund reportedly containing a release clause of just over £6 million, he would have represented very little risk financially.