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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s promise to play for Real Madrid surfaces following Barcelona free transfer from Arsenal

BARCELONA’S new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once promised his grandfather he would play for Real Madrid.

The Gabonese star finally ended his Arsenal hell this week, when he left North London to join Barca on a free transfer.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Barcelona this week

He looks all set to be a key man in Catalonia, replacing Sergio Aguero up front for Xavi’s men.

But while his move looks great on one hand, it all but ends his chances of ever playing for Madrid, as he previously hoped to.

In fact, when Aubameyang played for Borussia Dortmund, he said he’d only leave the German outfit for Madrid.

The 32-year-old said at the time: “The only club I would leave Dortmund for are Real Madrid. If they don’t come calling, I don’t leave.

“My grandfather, the dad of my mum, always wished that I would play in Spain.

“Two years ago, when he died, I promised him that someday I will play for Real – and I work hard to reach that goal.

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“Real Madrid is my main goal but at the moment I like it in Dortmund. If there is a chance to go to Madrid, I will say immediately yes – but at the moment there is no contact.”

Aubameyang’s dramatic Deadline Day move to Barcelona looked to have fallen through, when the LaLiga side couldn’t reach an agreement with Arsenal regarding what proportion of his £350,000-a-week salary that they’d pay in a loan deal.

But the deal was back on after Arsenal paid a £7million severance package to get their former skipper off the books.

Aubameyang was then free to sign for Barcelona.

He may have had a scare when it emerged Barca wouldn’t be able to name one of their four January signings in their Europa League squad for the rest of the campaign.

But he needn’t have worried, with veteran Dani Alves missing out instead.

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Aubameyang scores against Real Madrid for Borussia Dortmund

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Aubameyang scores against Real Madrid for Borussia DortmundCredit: AP:Associated Press

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