Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains calm about his contract situation, and offered a positive update on his Arsenal future on Saturday.
Earlier this month Arsenal were reported to be furious with Barcelona over their attempts to unsettle Aubameyang, who is out of contract in the summer of 2021.
Barcelona confirmed their interest in the forward in January with director of football Eric Abidal saying: “There is a list with players like Giroud, Llorente or Aubameyang, but for one thing or another we decided not to sign. We believe it is the best for the club.”
Asked specifically about Aubameyang, he added: “I know him. I do not have much to do beyond sports. He has a profile that has depth.”
Manchester United have also been linked with the striker, but in a chat with Kevin-Prince Boateng via Instagram live on Saturday, he seemed positive on his chances of remaining in north London.
“They’re [fans commenting on the stream] all saying you should sign a new deal with Arsenal,” Boateng sad to Aubameyang.
Aubameyang responded: “Ah, yeah. I know,” to which Boateng asked: “How long do you have left?”
The forward confirmed he has 12 months remaining on his contract before replying “sure, sure” with a wry smile when asked whether he plans to remain with the club.
The Gabon striker wrote in the club’s programme in January that he was staying with Arsenal, but links to Barca have continued. The Metro claim Arsenal have reluctantly held discussions with the LaLiga giants and told them they want £50m for Aubameyang.
The Daily Star though claim Arsenal officials are far from happy with the Catalan giants and think they are trying to lure the forward away from The Emirates.
The Arsenal skipper, who is about to enter the final year of his contract, has not signed an extension, but earlier this month boss Mikel Arteta urged the club to sit down with Aubameyang in a bid to tie him down to a new contract.
As yet though it’s unclear whether talks have begun, while Inter Milan have also been linked with him.
We will have to [hold talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure and we will see the intentions that we have [and] his intentions,” Arteta said.
“Where we are sitting in [the table at] that moment. I think it is difficult to predict that context right now. For me it is very easy. I want to keep him under any circumstances.”