Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he has always dreamed of playing for Real Madrid.
There’s not a single top club in Europe that isn’t interested in the services of the reigning African Footballer of the Year, a trophy Aubameyang won by famously beating Yaya Toure, who won it four years running.
The 26-year-old is also wanted by the likes of Arsenal , Manchester United and Liverpool, who are willing to splash a serious amount of cash to lure the Gabon man away from the Bundesliga.
But now, Aubameyang has dealt a serious blow to those transfer dreams.
“My childhood dream? To play at Real Madrid,” the striker said to French sports news outlet L’Equipe, as reported by Goal.com.
“In 2014, before he died, I promised my grandfather who was from Avila, 110 kilometers from Madrid, that I would play there. It will be complicated, but it sits in a corner of my head.
“When I was a kid, I watched Hugo Sanchez videos. The backflip I sometimes do when I score is actually an homage to him. Real Madrid, or another great spanish club, would also be a great gift to my mother.”
Aubameyang has scored 30 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund this season, including 20 goals in 20 Bundesliga matches, and also revealed he once was courted by Newcastle and rejected a mega money offer from a club from Qatar.
“I received an offer from Qatar of €10 million (£7,7m) per year. If I accepted, my family would be set up for life”, Aubameyang added according to The Daily Express, stating he was earning just £54,000 per month with Ligue 1 club Saint Etienne at that time.
“We chose to stay at Saint Etienne, but the following season they wanted to send me to Newcastle. We opted for Dortmund, because my father studied Jurgen Klopp’s game, even though the pay was lower.”
Aubameyang came through the youth ranks at AC Milan, before moving to the Ligue 1 in 2012.