PSG, Madrid, Milan or maybe China? The rumors about Aubameyang (28) kept Borussia Dortmund busy all summer long. But nobody was willing to pay the transfer fee demanded by Borussia Dortmund. Now the Gabonese striker even extended his contract. A commitment to a BVB future?
Contract until 2021
After Michael Zorc surprisingly told in a talk show yesterday that Aubameyang (if he’s not mistaken) had a contract until 2021, many people became very alert. The journalists quickly set out to check this information. In fact, Zorc’s statements matched the information of the reliable magazine Kicker. Previously, it had been assumed that his contract would run until 2020, but it was secretly extended. Many fans interpreted this extension as Aubameyang’s commitment to BVB. But as the “Bild” reported, the contract was already extended in the winter of 2016. This was primarily about contractual content. For example, his salary was significantly increased to €9.5m.
Of course, BVB have combined the salary increase with a contract extension. According to Kicker, BVB felt that the striker had been reluctant to stay in Dortmund. So Aubameyang must have been pleased with the salary raise.
Aubameyang’s departure is not ruled out for the future, if BVB demands are met, which are likely to be around €70m [Kicker]. However, a departure in winter is unthinkable. The goalscorer is supposed to help Borussia Dortmund to get into a Champions League spot this season.
Sporting director Michael Zorc yesterday said: “We are clearly planning with Auba, he has a very long-term contract in Dortmund. He’ll be leaving Dortmund at some point, but he’s an extremely important player for us, and we’ll continue to plan with him.”
Aubameyang’s potential successors in focus
Borussia Dortmund are preparing for all eventualities. According to Kicker, Dortmund still think about Oliver Giroud (30, Arsenal) as they already did last summer. Lautaro Martinez (20, Racing Club), who is also a target for Atletico Madrid, is also said to still be an issue. However, whether someone is willing to meet BVB demands next summer is written in the stars.