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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals dream transfer as he confirms Chelsea exit

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he wants to return to Barcelona this summer after his underwhelming spell at Chelsea.

Former Arsenal skipper Aubameyang joined Chelsea on deadline-day last summer in a £10million transfer move from Barcelona.

The Gabonese forward had only spent eight months at the Nou Camp – scoring 13 goals in 24 matches – but was offloaded by a Barcelona looking to raise funds to improve their financial situation.

Aubameyang established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe during his first stint in England with Arsenal but has flopped this campaign, scoring one goal in 15 league appearances.

Given Aubameyang’s struggles, the 33-year-old wants to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign and attempt to revive his career elsewhere, with Chelsea also happy to cut ties.

His next destination remains unclear but Aubameyang seems to have a clear preference as he revealed he wanted to return to Barcelona in a video that has emerged on social media.

‘I would like to return to Barcelona but we’ll see,’ said Aubameyang, who fell down Chelsea’s pecking order under Graham Potter.

Aubameyang, who has not scored since October, has played more regularly under caretaker boss Frank Lampard but was left out of Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.

After Chelsea ended a run of six consecutive defeats, Lampard said: ‘I’m happy. We came in off the back of a tough run, it’s been a tough year and there is a lot work to do.

‘But the performance and the result in isolation are really good, we deserved to win the game. It’s a nice step forward for the lads. To work hard and come to a place that has been very hard for a lot of teams this year… I’m very happy.’


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