Hans-Joachim Watzke, the CEO of Borussia Dortmund, has said that he is confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will remain with the team after this season.
Speaking to Fussball Bild Watzke said that his “not worried” about the situation despite the fact that in January Aubameyang told RMC that he was considering leaving.
In the interview Watzke said that “there hasn’t been a day where I had the feeling that Auba wants to leave us”. He went on to say that he thinks Aubameyang believes that Dortmund “could be another great team in the making”.
Aubameyang is under contract with the team until 2020. Recently he has been linked with a move to China and he has often said in the past that he would like to join Real Madrid and fulfil the wish of his grandfather.
However, since the Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc and the coach Thomas Tuchel told Aubameyang, a Gabon international, to focus on football in February the rumours have abated.
Aubameyang last commented on his plans in February. He has recently returned to his best form after returning from the African Nations Cup in poor shape. In the last four games he has scored eight goals including a hat trick against Benfia last week.
Aubameyang is currently leading the race to win the Torjagerkanone, the trophy for the top scorer in the Bundesliga. He has scored 22 goals, one more than his nearest rival Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
In other Bundesliga news, the Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement at the end of this season. Alonso said that he wanted to end his career at the highest level and that while it was a hard decision to make he believes that now is the right time.