Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has been widely linked with a move to Real Madrid.
The Gabonese who turned 31 this summer scored his 13th premier league goal of the season during Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday at Emirates Stadium.
Aubameyang has just 18 months remaining in his contract with Arsenal and had once revealed his desire to play Real Madrid, saying he had promised his grandfather before he passed away that he would play for the Spanish La Liga giants someday.
Now 31, Aubameyang may feel he must use this opportunity to fulfill that promise as age is no longer on his side.
“Before he died two years ago I promised him that one day I would play for Real Madrid,” he said to L’Equipe in 2016.
“My grandfather was from Avila, not far from Madrid. It’s what I said to him. I know it’s not easy but it’s something I keep in mind.
“I celebrate my goals with a cartwheel in honour of Hugo Sánchez. I’ve seen many videos of him on the internet and I’ve been following him since I was a boy.
“To play for Madrid or for another great club in La Liga would be a nice gift to my mother, Margarita, who is Spanish.”