Saint Etienne frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will wait until the end of the season before deciding his next club, leaving long-term admirers Chelsea waiting.
The Daily Express reports that the Gabon international has been sought after by Chelsea for some time, but that the Blues will have to be patient if they want to secure his services as the Ligue 1 star has insisted he will not consider his future until June.
The 23-year-old's decision may hinge on European qualification. Saint Etienne currently sit in fourth, two points away from a top three finish that would see them in next year's Champions League.
Aubameyang said: "I would love to finish the season strongly for my team and put us in a strong position to fight for a Champions League place.
"If we qualify for that competition it would be difficult for me to leave the club. But my future will be decided at the end of the season."
Aubameyang has been in excellent form this season, scoring 15 goals in 26 appearances to become the league's second top scorer behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His goal tally has also brought interest from Manchester City and Manchester United.
Aubameyang has hit a purple patch of late, netting eight goals in seven appearances in all competitions.
"I am happy with my form again," he added. "Scoring is important for a striker and I am on a good run at the moment."
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