Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pledged his future to Borussia Dortmund, in the hope of propelling them back to the summit of German football.
Since Aubameyang's arrival in 2013, rivals Bayern Munich have dominated the Bundesliga however, in an interview with Sport Bild the Gambon international set out his intentions: "In football nothing lasts forever. But my contract runs until 2020, that is a fact."
"I feel happy, still want to achieve lots with Dortmund and win titles, that is also fact. I am here and nowhere else - not at Arsenal, not at Barcelona, not on the moon - you can see that."
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Due to his superb form this season - Aubameyang is the Bundesliga's top scorer with 18, three ahead of the highly regarded Robert Lewandowski - the Dortmund striker had attracted interest from a number of top European clubs.
Despite Olivier Giroud's strong form so far this season, Arsenal had reportedly been monitoring Aubameyang's situation.
With Arsene Wenger fully aware of the striker's potential after his side's recent encounters with Dortmund in the Champions League, the Frenchman may have been tempted to place a bid to strengthen Arsenal's attempts to win their first Premier League title in over a decade.
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Meanwhile, despite boasting a forward line who between the three of them contributed 122 goals last season, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has stated his belief that the club needs another forward:“If any reinforcements are to come then I believe that right now we need to reinforce the attack”
Aubameyang would have undoubtedly been on Barcelona's radar, despite Yaya Toure's best efforts, as the striker was last week named Africa player of the year.
However, Aubameyang's interview along with Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke's promise that the club will be holding onto their prized assets in January to push for silverware, suggests that both clubs will have to postpone their interest.
With service from players such as Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Shinji Kagawa, Aubameyang has thrived this season as Dortmund have recovered from Jurgen Klopp's disappointing final season, under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel's side currently sit second in the Bundesliga but a lengthy eight points behind Bayern with fixtures resuming after the winter break, next Friday.
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