Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the world’s most sought after strikers at the moment.
Although reports suggest the Gabon international could be heading to Spain at the end of the season, the goal-getter has revealed that he could have been plying his trade in the Premier League had things not been “weird.”
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Aubameyang’s Dortmund side face Spurs in the Europa League on Thursday night and the forward claims that he could have been turning out for the north London side had transfer negotiations gone a little better in 2012.
“In the end everything became a bit weird – I didn’t really like the way things were done,” Aubameyang revealed to The Guardian.
“If Spurs ever came back in me for me, I’d say no.”
Aubameyang was playing for French club Saint-Etienne back when Tottenham attempted to lure him to England in the summer of 2012.
He remaining in France for the following season, scoring 19 goals in the league with only Zlatan Ibrahimovic managing more. He was also named in the Ligue 1 team of the season and Spurs were bound to be ruing their ‘weirdness.’
His impressive campaign for Saint-Etienne saw an increase of interest for the striker and he signed on a five-year deal at Dortmund in July 2013 for a £9.5 million fee.
Brilliant signing by Klopp
The relatively small sum paid by Jurgen Klopp now seems to be an absolute bargain.
He’s bagged 50 goals in 86 Bundesliga matches during his two-and-a-half campaigns at the Westfalenstadion and is now worth a whole lot more than £9.5 million.
A hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut showed that Aubameyang meant business in Germany and he went on to score 16 goals in his first season.
He improved in his second season, despite his club having a difficult campaign, scoring 25 goals.
This season's joy
But it was this campaign that resulted in everyone sitting up and taking notice of Aubameyang.
He set a Bundesliga record after just eight matches, scoring in every single one of them. He was also rewarded with the 2015 African Player of the Year award - much to the frustration of Yaya Toure.
Aubameyang will be hoping to make Tottenham regret their poor handling of his proposed transfer in the Europa League. The two sides meet in Germany on Thursday before the return-leg at White Hart Lane a week later.