In an interview with beINSport over in France the striker said;
“Everything has been exaggerated a little. I said I’d not leave during the winter transfer window and then see what develops.
The club can do some good business (in the summer) with me and I think they will want to sell me”.
These latest comments from the player come after he was reported as saying he needed a ‘new challenge’ (see our article Newcastle Strike Target Says He Wants Move which also contains video footage of a cracking Aubameyang goal).
In the January window there was intense speculation that Newcastle wanted the striker and St.Etienne released this official statement;.
Official Statement – Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne
After rumours about a possible departure of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to Newcastle published today in several media, AS Saint-Etienne wishes to clarify that the player, his agent and club officials have declined by mutual agreement all proposals that have been submitted so far.
Recognizing the importance of the challenges facing the ASSE until the end of the season, Pierre Aubameyang Emercik has always shown a desire to complete the sports project at the expense of financial aspects.
It certainly seems as though both club and player are preparing for the striker to leave this summer, with Newcastle desperate to add another striker it could well be one to keep an eye on. As one of only two forwards to outscore Yoan Gouffran in France in the 18 months before Gouffran joined Newcastle, he could be a great buy.