Aubameyang keeps Dort­mund fu­ture open

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang said this week’s talks with the club will de­cide his Borus­sia Dort­mund fu­ture af­ter he be­came the Ger­man league’s top-scorer for the first time on Satur­day.

The Gabon hot-shot scored with a su­perb vol­ley, then con­verted a sec­ond-half penalty in Dort­mund’s 4-3 home win over Werder Bre­men.

His dou­ble left him on 31 goals, one more than Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Robert Le­wandowski, as the race to be the Bun­desliga’s top scorer went to the wire.

The vic­tory con­firmed Dort­mund fin­ished third to qual­ify di­rectly for the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son, but Aubameyang gave no guar­an­tees he will be around.

He has a con­tract un­til 2020, but says his fu­ture de­pends on talks with the club be­fore Satur­day’s Ger­man Cup fi­nal against Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt in Ber­lin

“We’ll see. We have one game left. I will talk to the club next week and then de­cide,” he said.

Af­ter lift­ing the ‘Golden Can­non’ tro­phy as the Ger­man league’s top scorer, he said: “The team put in a lot of work, I have them all to thank for this.”

Aubameyang has been linked to big-money of­fers from China’s Tian­jin Quan­jian and Paris Sain­tGer­main in re­cent weeks.

He has also re­peat­edly said he even­tu­ally wants to play for Real Madrid to keep a prom­ise he made to his now de­ceased grand­fa­ther, just be­fore he passed away.

Mean­while, coach Thomas Tuchel also faces clear-the-air talks with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The pair fell out af­ter Tuchel said he was not con­sulted about re­play­ing last month’s Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal less than 24 hours af­ter a bomb at­tack on the team bus.

Watzke has re­futed the claim and Tuchel, who has a year left on his con­tract, ad­mits his fu­ture is up in the air, but wants to stay.

“Of course, that’s with­out ques­tion,” he said hav­ing awk­wardly hugged Watzke on the pitch fol­low­ing Dort­mund’s vic­tory.

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Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang smiles with his tro­phy for 'best goal­get­ter' in the Bun­desliga.

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