Jurgen Klopp has helped develop a number of terrific players in his managerial career and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the most recent to praise the Liverpool manager.
Aubameyang has emerged as one of the finest strikers in Europe this season, the Borussia Dortmund man scoring 33 goals in all competitions.
And, after spending two seasons working with Klopp, the Gabon international has heaped praise on the likeable German.
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“Klopp brought me a lot, Aubameyang told France Football, per ESPN FC. “He gave me strength of character and made me develop defensively. The two years I spent with him were very useful to help me step up a level. He's someone charismatic and I have a lot of respect for this man.
“He often asked me to go and discuss things with him -- when things weren't going as well but also when they were going well.
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“It's good to have a coach who speaks to you, who gives his opinion and knows how to advise you.
“He's one of the three managers who gave me the chance to become who I am today along with [St Etienne's] Christophe Galtier and Thomas Tuchel, who's also in the process of making me reach another milestone.”
African Player of the Year
Aubameyang was crowned African Player of the Year in 2015, ahead of Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew, and his efforts this campaign have reportedly attracted the interest of Real Madrid.
At 26-year-old, Aubameyang is fully aware that if he is to truly make his mark in football, a move from Dortmund must happen.
Tuchel’s team are set to miss out on the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich for the third time in four seasons - they currently trail Pep Guardiola’s lot by five points - and only with a move to Madrid, Bayern or Barcelona can he be guaranteed to compete for the Champions League every season.
On his future, Aubameyang added: “I'm linked to Dortmund until 2020. I extended my contract during the pre-season training camp.
“There were requests [from other clubs] but my goal was to stay. Next summer, I don't know. Things go really quickly in football.”
Manchester United are also reportedly interested in the former AC Milan forward but Aubameyang recently admitted his future could lie in Madrid due to an agreement with his grandad.
He said, per Manchester Evening News: “Real Madrid? There's no deal in place, but... I promised my grandad I'd play there one day.
“I've said to myself, 'Why go back to France when I left that league three years ago? Why not discover something new?'
“Like I've said before, I'd love to play in Spain and to finally enjoy a bit of good weather.”
Well, that certainly rules out a move to England.
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