In what comes as a blow to a host of European teams, Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ruled out a possible move out of Germany this season.
Aubameyang is in the form of his life scoring 18 goals half way into the Bundesliga season. This form has seen him linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool even with the £42 million price tag he carries.
Dortmunt chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke made it clear that the club would be happy to sell the 26 year old for such a price but Aubameyang has now come out and made it clear that he will stay at Dortmund till the end of the season.
The prolific striker was named African Player of the Year and after the ceremony, speaking to the media, made it clear that he will stay in Germany for the foreseeable future.
“Let me say this first: I am not going to Arsenal,” Aubameyang told ESPN. “Dortmund is my club and I am not leaving soon.”
Speaking about edging out the likes of Yaya Toure and Jordan Ayew, the striker said “I am not usually an emotional person but to win this award, with players like Yaya and Dede [Ayew], is an important moment for me.
“I don’t usually cry, but this has made me cry.”
Aubameyang has risen to form this season for Dortmund and is understandable that he wants to stay at a club where he is comfortable.
But his goal scoring prowess will always attract a more lucrative offer and it will be interesting to see how the club can hold off if a powerful offer comes their way.
Till then, the likes of Arsenal should forget about the Gabon International and let him shine for the German franchise.