Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he’s unsure whether he will still be a Borussia Dortmund player next July, but until then the Gabon international wants to win a trophy with BVB and become the Bundesliga’s top scorer.
Aubameyang, 27, scored a brace in Dortmund’s 4-1 defeat of Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday and currently leads the scoring chart with 15 goals in only 12 appearances for the Schwarzgelben, and is on course to beat his 2014-2015 tally of 25.
However, despite having a contract until 2020, Aubameyang failed to commit his future to Dortmund beyond next summer.
« I really don’t know, » he told Bild when asked whether he’d stay at the Westfalenstadion.
Aubameyang has been linked with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, and has said several times that he hopes to play for Real Madrid one day. Yet, even though rumours of a possible departure have been persistent in recent months, the striker still wants to reach his goals at the Westfalenstadion.
« I want to at least win one trophy here this term, and also become the league’s top scorer, » he added.
BVB sporting director Michael Zorc, meanwhile, told Bild that he is « not interested in commenting on new speculation every single day. »
Elsewhere, 36-year-old Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has told kicker that he wants to continue his career next term.
« I still enjoy my profession, » he said. « There is no reason to retire. We will sit down in the winter. »
Weidenfeller is under contract at Dortmund until 2017, and the club have already said they want to renew the deal with the former Germany international, who is currently deputising for the injured first-choice goalkeeper Roman Burki.
The veteran also believes BVB can make a deep run in the Champions League if they get a favourable draw for the knockout stages.
« If we get into a flow and have the luck of the draw at the right time, everything is possible, » Weidenfeller said ahead of Dortmund’s trip to Real Madrid which is set to decide the winner of Group F.
On Saturday, midfielder Nuri Sahin returned to the starting formation for the first time this Bundesliga season.
Although the Turkey international had to be withdrawn with a minor knee injury which is set to sideline him for two weeks, according to the club’s official website.
« Nuri has different vibes now, » coach Thomas Tuchel told reporters after the match. « Despite all the difficult decisions against him. He went through a valley of tears, and now is stronger than ever before. »
Sahin had been linked with a switch away from Dortmund in the January transfer window, but already before his Bundesliga season debut said he did not want to leave the Westfalenstadion.
Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches
Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.
The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.
But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches
The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.
According to the Express.co.uk, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.
However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.
Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.
Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.
So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?
1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints
2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints
3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints
4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints
5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints
6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints
7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints
8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints
9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints
10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints
Pots announced for Final Draw
With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.
It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.
With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:
POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia
It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.
The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.
« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.
101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?
These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.
What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:
« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.
The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.
Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.
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