Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that his father held talks with Manchester City over a possible summer move.
The Gabon international was linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer, while he also revealed that Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were in touch over a possible transfer.
Aubameyang helped Dortmund to a second-placed finish in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 39 goals in all competitions.
“It’s true, there was contact,” he told Onze when asked about summer speculation that a move to City could be on the cards. “My father held talks with the club, but in the end there was nothing concrete.
“I think there was interest [from Real Madrid], but it was more distant so I didn’t get too carried away.”
The 27-year-old has never disguised his ambition to one day play for Real Madrid but won’t be holding his breath over that long-term target.
“I was asked in interview: ‘What is the club of your dreams?’ I replied: ‘Real is the club of my heart and I made a promise to my grandfather to play there one day, I hope it will happen.’
“So it’s just a target, I still have time. If they want me, they will come.”
And, while Aubameyang – who used to play for Saint-Etienne – won’t rule out a return to France, he thinks PSG are a weaker team than in recent seasons.
“We’ll see. I found their summer transfer plans… let’s just say I expected that they would sign more players,” he said. “They’re still a big team and I think they’ll still be Ligue 1 champions this season. But there are one or two teams who could annoy them.
“At the end of my first season in the Bundesliga there was contact. And the next summer, too. In fact, almost every year. They took it poorly, it didn’t happen – that’s all I can say.
“I don’t especially want to return to France immediately. But it’s true that PSG have the ambition to win the Champions League, so they could be interesting for a player like me.”