Gabon’s national team manager Patrice Neveu has backed exit-linked Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to play for a “great European club”.
Speculation over Aubameyang’s future has risen in recent months, with the 30-year-old out of contract next summer.
The striker said he is at a “turning point” in his career, adding that Arsenal hold the key to his future.
In response, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has said he is “pretty positive” that the striker will agree new terms in north London.
Speaking to Passione Inter, Neveu – who is in regular contact with his compatriot Aubameyang – kept largely quiet on the rumours.
“Yes, I often talk to him and his father,” the manager said (via Sport Witness).
“I’m obviously interested in his intentions on his future, but all of this remains strictly confidential.
“This is a very delicate issue, for my part I am sure he will play for a great European club.”
Arteta also said on Tuesday that the level of ambition Arsenal show will go a long way to deciding Aubameyang’s future.
Neveu insisted similar – that the Gunners must make their stance on his future clear.
“Since he left Saint-Etienne in 2013, first at Dortmund and then at Arsenal, he has had steady growth. His performance regularity and statistics are impressive,” Neveu said.
“I believe, however, that Arsenal must first make their position clear. He’s the captain, the numbers and the goals speak for themselves.
“Certainly a player is always dependent on the collective, but Pierre has scored almost half of Arsenal’s goals in the league.
“The Gunners are among the biggest European clubs in Europe, although this season, for many reasons, the team has not performed well.”
AUBAMEYANG, ARSENAL RESTART ON WEDNESDAY
Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign with a trip to Manchester City on Wednesday evening.
But amid the speculation over his future, Aubameyang will focus on the battle to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
The Gabon star has 17 strikes this season, two behind Leicester’s top-scoring marksman Jamie Vardy.
In other news, City boss Pep Guardiola says most sides are “not ready” for the top flight’s hectic return.