Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has again talked up the possibility of leaving German side Borussia Dortmund for a ‘dream’ move to Spain.
The 27-year-old is a target for several European powerhouses after he scored 39 goals in all competitions in 2015-16, helping Dortmund qualify for the Champions League following a second place finish behind Bayern Munich.
Aubameyang visited the small town of El Barraco – from where his mother and her family originated and reiterated his desire to play in the country in the future.
“For me it is a dream to play here in Spain, because here I have part of my family,” he told the Avila newspaper.
“It has been my dream since I was very little.”
Aubameyang added: “I’m happy to be here because it has been a while.”
Real Madrid looks his most likely destination as he has consistently mentioned the Los Blancos as his first love.
“Real Madrid? There’s no deal in place, but… I promised my granddad I’d play there one day.
“I’ve said to myself, ‘Why go back to France [to join PSG] when I left that league three years ago? Why not discover something new?’
“Like I’ve said before, I’d love to play in Spain and to finally enjoy a bit of good weather,” he told beIN Sports.
Aubameyang is the current holder of the African Footballer of the Year crown.
Gabon star, Emerick Aubameyang is one of the hottest properties in European football and Dortmund’s sporting director Joachim Watzke has warned clubs looking for his services that they will have to pay in the region of £95m.
The former AC Milan forward has scored 32 goals in 36 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season.
Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of Aubameyang and will love to lure him to the Emirates next season but reports last month suggested Manchester United have prioritize the player for this summer.
And, though Dortmund are reluctant to lose their star man, Watzke says the club will listen to offers of between £78-95m for the forward.
‘If at any time an offer of €100m (£78m) or €120 million (£95m) for Aubameyang comes to us, then we will discuss,’ Watzke told Kicker via AS.
However, Aubameyang told French publication L’Equipe that his dream is to play at the Bernabeu in Madrid.
“My childhood dream was to play for Real Madrid,” Aubameyang said.
“I promised my grandfather, who was from Avila some 110 kilometres away from Madrid, that I would play there. I realise that it will not be easy, but is always in the back of my mind.
New manager Samson Siasia insists that the Super Eagles of Nigeria can beat Egypt in both legs of the African Nations Cup qualifier later this month.
The Eagles host the Pharaohs in Kaduna on Friday, March 25 and play away in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29 but trail two points in Group G and fears are already growing that Nigeria may not qualify for Gabon 2017.
However, Siasia has encouraged supporters to show belief in the three-time African Champions and they will come out victorious.
“I want to passionately appeal to Nigerians, everybody, to show belief in the team and give us total support. It will not be easy, but if we stick together and present a united force to fight this battle, I believe we will triumph,” Siasia said.
“I have absolute faith in the players. Nigeria is blessed with so many talented footballers across the world and I know that those we are inviting for this match will give everything for the six points in both matches. Personally, I will give everything that I have to offer for us to win both matches.”
The 22 home –based players invited are expected to hit camp at the Bolton White Apartments, Abuja on Sunday, March 6 before the overseas –based star arrive as from Sunday, March 20.
Hosts, Rwanda started out their campaign at the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN on winning note as they piped a highly resilient Ivorian team by a lone goal.
The solitary strike that gave the hosts the dream start they craved for came off the boots of Defender Emery Bayisenge who turned the hero for the Amavubi with his well-taken free-kick on the quarter-hour mark.
Ivorian defender, Gbagnon Badie fouled Celestin Ndayishimiye at the edge of the penalty area. Bayisenge elected himself for the resulting free-kick, curling straight into the net for the goal that turned out to be the winner.
Both teams gave a good account of themselves and were only unlucky not to alter the score line.
The host even survived a late scare on 89 minutes after Guiza’s volley bounced off the crossbar with Ndayishimiye completely beaten.
Having done enough to hold on to their slim lead, Rwanda leads the pack in Group A with three points while Cote d’Ivoire are bottom.
The other group game between Gabon and Morocco at the same venue ended in a barren stalemate.
Ivory Coast International Kolo Toure has promised to play the big brother and teach Manchester City star Yaya how to speak in public.
Yaya was outraged losing out on the African Player of the Year award to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international won it for the first time to deny the former Barcelona star of a fifth consecutive gong.
Speaking to The Guardian, Kolo joked: ‘I haven’t spoken to him yet, I think he would be angry with me as well. I need to teach Yaya how to speak a bit more.
‘Yaya is a good player but some of the big players like Eric Cantona are very strong-willed. I think that is how he is. He is a winner and, when he doesn’t win everything, goes a little bit crazy.
‘For me he deserved that award. He was the only African player voted in the top four or five players in the world but he doesn’t win African Player of the Year. We also won the Africa Cup of Nations and that is why he was expecting to win.
‘I will always be behind my brother but this is the game, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. Yaya’s reaction is because he is a winner. I know deep inside he is a nice guy.’
Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he wants to remain with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund amid speculation of a potential move to the premier league.
The forward Saint-Etienne forward is in blistering form this season as he has scored 27 times in 26 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions, including 18 in 16 in the Bundesliga.
Reports claims that the 26-year-old who is a target of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City is not in a hurry to leave Germany.
“I am very happy here. The people here accept me for who I am. Dortmund has become my second home,” Aubameyang told Kicker.
“I learnt a lot through the clubs I’ve played for previously (AC Milan, Dijon, Lille, Monaco) both negative and positive. It’s made me a better person.”
“Every goal I score feels like the first. It’s a special feeling to play in front of these fans. I don’t know my limits yet. I set personal goals every season, that’s very important to me. I have improved in every year I’ve been at Dortmund.”
Aubameyang has netted 68 goals in 119 games in all competitions since he joined Dortmund in 2013.
Bayern munich forward, Robert Lewandowski feels that his counter-part at Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has more burden of goalscoring than him because his teammates at the Allianz Arena shares scoring responsibilities.
The Gabonese star is currently on top of the Bundesliga scoring chats with 17 goals closely followed by the Polish international with 14 strikes but unlike Dortmund the league leaders have Thomas Muller on 13 goals.
Lewandowski believes that for Aubameyang to maintain his prolific start to the campaign he will have to cope with a tremendous amount of pressure because his teammates don’t contribute as much goals.
“Aubameyang has already scored 17 goals, but it’s sometimes one game where everything can change,” Lewandowski said. “At Bayern we have many more offensive players who can score goals, so I have no pressure to score a lot.
“At the moment it is too early to tell how many goals you need [to be top scorer] – 14 or 17 are too few. I think you have to double that if you want to be the top scorer.”
Lewandowski also praised his partnership with German international Thomas Muller upfront and hopes the manager Pep Guardiola plays them regularly together.
“If we play together, we work together very well on the pitch and I like playing with him very much. If I play with him I can close my eyes and pass the ball to him,” he added.
“If I play in the centre and five or six defenders try to get the ball from me, I know that Thomas gets in the right positions and I can pass the ball to him.
“And if he has the ball, I have more space on the pitch because the defenders attack him. If we play together as a duo we could score more goals. I would be very pleased with that.”
Lewandowski was recently recognised with four Guiness World Records following his five-goal haul in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in a Bundesliga game earlier this season.
Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted that he may join Real Madrid in future to fill a promise he made to his late grandfather who was a huge fan of the Los Blancos.
The 26-year-old who is noted for his lightning pace and athleticism has scored 20 goals in just 18 appearances in all competitions during Thomas Tuchel’s stunning start to his spell as Dortmund head coach.
His form has alerted top clubs across Europe with Barcelona director Ariedo Braida pictured at Weserstadion today, where Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 3-1 and rumours have also linked him with Jurgen Klopp’s reunion at Liverpool but the player seems to have a clear-cut idea of where he wants to play next.
“I can tell you now, I’m here, I signed until 2020 but it is true that I dream of playing in Spain,” he told Telefoot.
“The truth is that my grandfather passed away a year ago and I made him a promise to play in Spain one day – and he was a fan of Real Madrid.”
Aubameyang believes that he has proven his doubters wrong with his impressive goalscoring form at Borussia Dortmund after he was unceremoniously sold by AC Milan.
He added:”It’s true that defenders are inevitably asking themselves more questions. “Everyone who thought Aubameyang knew nothing aside from running or athletics was wrong. Since I was young I have been programmed to score goals.
“It’s something I really want to do, to be one of the greatest. Ronaldo and Messi are capable of scoring three goals, and then another four in the next game.”
The home-based Eagles will get to know their foes for the 2016 African Nations Championship which holds now on November 15 in Kigali, three days earlier than originally scheduled, 366football.com can report.
The Confederation of African Football had earlier announced that the draw ceremony for the biennial competition reserved for senior players plying their trade in their domestic leagues would take place on November 18.
The home-based Eagles qualified for the competition last Sunday after edging out Burkina Faso 2-0 on aggregate courtesy of goals from Gbolaan Salami and Bature Yaro.
They will be joined by 15 other countries: hosts Rwanda, Cameroon, Cote d’lvoire, Mali, Angola, Gabon, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tunisia, Uganda, Niger, Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco.
The CHAN will be staged in three Rwanda cities of Kigali, Gisenyi and Bature from January 16 to February 7, 2016.