The Chief Executive Officer of Borussia Dortmund – Joachim Waltzke – has shared that the German club have been feeling pretty relaxed when it comes to the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays both as a midfielder and forward. Lately, there have been some rumours that the Premier League club Arsenal are preparing an offer for the eventual transfer of the player.
The 26-year-old Aubameyang has made a fantastic start of the season, which is his third one with Borussia Dortmund. He has managed to score a total of 18 goals in 17 league games. He has also netted a further nine goals in 10 matches in the DFB Pokal and Europa League and was even entitled by his fellow professional players in a recent football poll as the second best outfield player in the entire Bundesliga.
In the summer of 2015, Aubameyang, who as said above plays as both a midfielder and a forward, extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020. However, he has been intensely linked with several of the best football clubs in Europe. Aubameyang who is also part of the Gabon national football team has been rumoured as one of the major transfer targets of Arsenal. The latter have been reported by sports media as being ready to pay €57 million for the player.
In addition, the Chief Executive Officer of the football club Mr. Watzke told media that the team that managed to become German champions in 2011 and 2012 have been focused on keeping their leading stars.
Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels were some of the other players rumoured to be set to leave the German club in 2015, but Watzke used them as an example for the current stability of Borussia, saying that the team was in a position of fending off interest in their best players. He revealed that the club was absolutely capable of making “financially interesting offers to players.” Still, according to Watzke, it is not only the financial element, but the sporting one, too, that have been responsible for making great players stay with the club.
According to the football player poll mentioned above, only 15.6% of the German Bundesliga players would not be seduced by an eventual pay rise offered by some of the top Premier League club. However, Chief Executive Officer Watzke shared his belief that the club might not be as wealthy as “the top stars in Premier League”, but Borussia Dortmund had still a lot to offer.