In-form Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has cooled fanciful speculation suggesting he could reunite with former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool by revealing Spain would be his preferred destination in the event that he does ever depart the Bundesliga. The Gabon international has been simply prolific for BVB so far this term, netting 17 goals in all competitions already including two hat-tricks in just four days against FK Qabala and Augsburg.
Unsurprisingly, such an inspired run coupled with Klopp's appointment as successor to Brendan Rodgers has seen transfer speculation concerning the player escalate quickly of late. Earlier in October, French publication Le10 Sport suggested French champions Paris Saint-Germain were also showing a keen interest in his signature, with Liverpool evidently considered as front-runners purely due to the identity of the club's new manager.
While Aubameyang appears happy to remain at Signal Iduna Park for now after signing a new deal in July, it seems a move to England would not be at the top of his agenda if and when the time comes to move on. He told the BBC World Service: "Maybe one day I'll leave to play in another league because my dream is to play in Spain. The Premier League? Lots of people think that it would good for me but my mum is Spanish and I really have that dream to play over there."
Klopp's arrival at Anfield has inevitably led to a number of reports linking Liverpool with several of Dortmund's key assets. Highly rated midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is said to be another potential target, although CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently shared his confidence that the charismatic German manager would not seek to deplete his former club's resources in the transfer market.
"Jurgen would never do anything that would damage BVB's interests," he told Bild am Sonntag earlier in Ocotber. "I am 100% certain about that. He would never approach any players behind our back. We are simply too close for things like that to happen. We have been through too much together."