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May 15, 2013

Aubameyang admits PSG approach

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted Paris Saint-Germain have made an approach to sign him this summer while the pacy St Etienne forward has suggested a move to England is unlikely.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came through the ranks at AC Milan

Aubameyang, 23, has enjoyed his best-ever Ligue 1 season with 19 goals in his club's push for a Champions League place. Having declared in January he was playing his "last six months" with Les Verts, the Gabonese international has since backtracked, suggesting qualification for European football's top club competition could convince him to stay at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

With that outcome now less likely with St Etienne having recently stumbled down to sixth, four points off the top three with two games left, uncertainty over Aubameyang's future has increased with the Ligue 1 champions already making their interest known.

He said: "There has been an initial approach. They have spoken to my dad. I don't worry myself with those things. I just try to do good things on the pitch. I leave my dad to do all that, and we'll see what comes of it."

Aubameyang's pace and finishing ability has attracted significant attention from around Europe, notably from England where Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United, in particular, have been keeping a close eye on his progress. However, when asked to name his destinations of choice, the English Premier League - not for the first time - is conspicuous by its absence.

"I know the French, Spanish and German leagues, I love them all. I don't have a preference," the former AC Milan youth academy prospect said. "Honestly, I don't know. We'll see in the summer transfer window, we'll speak about it again when the time comes."

Aubameyang's reputation and market value were done no harm this week when he succeeded Montpellier's Moroccan international Younes Belhanda as best African player in Ligue 1, which is decided upon by a jury of RFI  and France24 journalists. He picked up the Marc-Vivien Foe award, named after the late Cameroon international midfielder, ahead of Marseille's Cameroonian centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou and Rennes' Burkina Faso attacking midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa.

"It's the first success of my young career. To be named best African player in Ligue 1 is a great reward," he said. "When you look at the great African players here, it's really pleasing. It's something fantastic for me. I'm very happy with this season. People expected me to follow up on last season, and I did that by scoring more than 16 goals."

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