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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals he's told Ousmane Dembele to stay at Barcelona

Jude Summerfield
Dembele stayed at Barça in January while Aubameyang arrived
Dembele stayed at Barça in January while Aubameyang arrived / Quality Sport Images | Getty Images

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he told Ousmane Dembele to stay at Barcelona following his arrival on a free transfer.

Dembele was expected to leave Barça during the January transfer window, with talks over a new contract dragging out before the Catalan giants decided they wanted to ditch him. However, another club could not be found and he has since been brought back into the squad by manager Xavi.

Aubameyang had his contract with Arsenal terminated by mutual consent after losing the club captaincy, having fallen out with Mikel Arteta over disciplinary breaches.

The Gabon international has made a fast start to life in La Liga and netted a hat trick in the 4-1 victory over Valencia on Sunday, while Dembele started and set up Frenkie de Jong's strike.

Aubameyang has now revealed he told Dembele to sign a new contract at Camp Nou, having enjoyed success together at former club Borussia Dortmund.

He said: "To tell the truth, I am very happy that he is here and when I arrived I told him: 'You have to stay, bro!'

"It is something very special [to play with him] because we had an incredible year in Dortmund and he is an incredible player. Ousmane is one of the best on the ball and as a striker he is incredible.

"I don't know [if he'll stay], but the only thing I can say is that everything is possible in life."

Both will expect to feature again on Thursday when Barça travel to Italy to face Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League knockout round play-off with the score locked at 1-1.

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