Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that none of his suitors were able to meet Borussia Dortmund’s asking price and that he will remain with the German club for another season.
Believed by many to be San Siro-bound following the Rossonerri’s very public enquiries over his availability in July, the Bundesliga’s top scorer of the 2016/17 season has clarified that the only move that was available to him was to China.
“No-one can say what the future holds,” Aubameyang told Welt am Sonntag.
“It is true that I spoke to Borussia Dortmund before I went on vacation,” the 28-year old continued. “I told them my thoughts, that I was maybe ready to try something different. It was open and fair with Michael Zorc and Hans-Joachin Watzke.
“But none of the clubs that wanted me could make it happen. So I’ll stay here at Borussia Dortmund. I like staying here very much, as I feel at home in Dortmund.
“Of course, China was an option. It’s only natural that I thought about it when they offered that much money. I know many people said I couldn’t go to China because it would be a step backwards in football terms, but I think anyone would at least consider such an offer.
“I did receive an offer. However, the structures are not yet as professional as in Europe. I also noticed the back and forth when Anthony Modeste went to Tianjin Quanjian and it was anything but clear, so I set it aside.
“I believe in God and fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason, so this is the right path,” he added.