Hands off Auba, Europe’s elite warned

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

GUANGZHOU — Borus­sia Dort­mund on Tues­day moved to end spec­u­la­tion about the fu­ture of star striker Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang by in­sist­ing the Gabon in­ter­na­tional is go­ing nowhere.

Aubameyang, who scored 31 Bun­desliga goals last sea­son, has been linked with big-money moves to Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Mi­lan, Paris Sain­tGer­main and Tian­jin Quan­jian in re­cent weeks.

The 28-year-old net­ted twice on Tues­day as Dort­mund beat AC Mi­lan 3-1 on its pre­sea­son tour of China.

The transfer win­dow in Ger­many closes at mid­night on Aug 31, but di­rec­tor of sport Michael Zorc claimed it is ef­fec­tively al­ready shut for Aubameyang.

“We have de­cided that Auba will stay with Borus­sia Dort­mund. The transfer win­dow is closed as far as he is con- cerned, be­cause oth­er­wise we would have run out of time (to find a re­place­ment),” said Zorc.

Tian­jin was re­port­edly will­ing to pay $92.6 mil­lion for Aubameyang, but, with three years left on his Dort­mund con­tract, the Ger­man club is adamant he is stay­ing put.

New Dort­mund coach Peter Bosz, who has re­placed Thomas Tuchel, un­sur­pris­ingly wants Aubameyang in his lineup when the new Bun­desliga sea­son starts on Aug 18.

“I am glad that he is on my team,” said Bosz, who led Ajax to the Europa League fi­nal last term.

“He is an ex­tra­or­di­nary player and he has shown that once more against Mi­lan. He’s a great bloke and a great foot­baller.”

On Tues­day night, Aubameyang showed just why Dort­mund is so re­luc­tant to part com­pany with him with two su­perb goals in rain-lashed Guangzhou.

Nuri Sahlin opened the scor­ing for Dort­mund after 16 min­utes fol­low­ing a pe­riod of sus­tained pres­sure, side-foot­ing home after good work from Amer­i­can teen prodigy Chris­tian Pulisic.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang

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