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Dortmund target Cup with ‘Auba’ close to exit

Hot-shot striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bids to lift his first title with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday amidst growing speculation the German Cup final will be his last appearance for the club.

Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium with Borussia bidding to end their run of three straight defeats in Germany’s showcase final.

“Every time we have been to Berlin in the past three years, we have had to drive home empty handed. It’s high time that we won again,” Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer told daily newspaper Die Welt.

But this could be the last appearance for both Aubameyang and head coach Thomas Tuchel. “I will speak to the club and make my decision after the final,” said Aubameyang when asked about his Dortmund future having reportedly been considering bumper offers from Italy, France and China.

Despite having a contract until 2020, German daily Bild claim Aubameyang, the Bundesliga’s top-scorer this season with 31 goals, has already told Dortmund’s bosses he wants to leave.

Having arrived in 2013, the German Cup could be his first and last Dortmund title with AC Milan, Paris St-Germain and China’s Tianjin Quanjian, where he could earn 500,000 euros per week, having reportedly made offers.

After Aubameyang’s predecessor Robert Lewandowski left on a free transfer in 2014 for arch rivals Bayern Munich, Dortmund will want to cash in, should their Gabon star decide to go.

Likewise, Tuchel could be overseeing his final game after two seasons. The 43-year-old fell out with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke after insisting he was not consulted about whether to play their home Champions League quarter-final less than 24 hour after the April 11 bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus. Watzke says that is not true and the pair will have clear the air talks after the cup final. -AFP

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