Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has announced that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a contract extension through to 2021.
Aubameyang, who is 28, was under contract with the team until 2020 but there have been numerous reports linking him with a move away with AC Milan thought to be the most likely destination.
However, the Gabon international, who came top of the Bundesliga scoring chart last season, has committed to an additional year with the team in a deal that is reported to include a pay rise.
Speaking to Sky Zorc said, “The contract runs through to ’21. That’s still a long way away. One day, he will certainly leave Borussia Dortmund, he won’t end his career here. He’s an extremely important player for us, and we continue to plan with him.”
It has been reported in a number of publications that Aubameyang signed the contract extension a while ago. In Bild it was claimed that the new contract was actually signed in 2016 and that the player has been given assurances by the team that he can leave if a club were to offer a transfer fee of over €60 million.
Aubameyang scored again in Dortmund’s 2 – 1 win over Hoffenheim last weekend. So far he has scored 13 goals this season and a total of 98 in the Bundesliga since he came from St Etienne in 2013.
He is currently fifth in the club’s all-time Bundesliga scorer chart and his total of 141 goals in all competitions has only been bettered by two players, Zorc, who scored 159 goals and Manfred Burgsmuller who scored 158.
However, while Aubameyang has had considerable success with the team, there have been issues with his time in Germany and Zorc told Sky that his punctuality has been a problem.