Good news, Real Madrid! Dortmund open to Aubameyang talks

The Bundesliga club's CEO doesn't expect striker to push for a transfer in the near future but won't rule out negotiations if he does

Borussia Dortmund may be compelled to consider an offer from Real Madrid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he pushes for a move, says club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

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Aubameyang, 27, has often been linked with Madrid in recent seasons and has publicly expressed his admiration for the heavyweight La Liga club.

The prolific Gabon international striker, who rescued a point in a 1-1 Bundesliga draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Friday, is a prized asset at Signal Iduna Park, particularly since the departure of Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich in 2014.

Having seen a succession of star players lured away by the riches on offer elsewhere, Watzke knows Dortmund will have a battle on their hands if they are to retain Aubameyang in the face of interest from the Spanish capital.

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But the CEO is adamant the club are in a strong position and claimed the forward has not been agitating for a move.

"If someday there is something from Real Madrid, who he has an affection for, we have to talk about it," he told Sky.

"[But] this [transfer] will not happen automatically.

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"We want him to stay with us. As opposed to the players who left us recently, he has a long contract which runs until 2020. There is no pressure at all. And I am not under the impression that he wants to move."

Aubameyang scored when Dortmund drew 2-2 at home to Madrid in the Champions League last month and he could have another opportunity to impress in the return fixture at Santiago Bernabeu on December 7.