Borussia Dortmund newboy Ousmane Dembele has revealed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Tuchel had a major influence on his decision to move to the Bundesliga runners-up.
'Auba told me...'
BVB announced last week Dembele would join them on a five-year contract from French side Stade Rennais FC where the teenager, who turned 19 on 15 May, burst to prominence with 12 goals in 26 appearances in his maiden Ligue 1 season.
Given his eye-catching displays, the exciting attacking midfielder did not want for suitors, but he told Dortmund’s official TV channel the words of Dortmund goalgetter Aubameyang had helped convince him his future lies at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
"I talked to Aubameyang on the phone," Dembele explained. "He told me BVB is a great club, and then I came here and saw the club's great infrastructure for myself. The conditions are amazing, that's why I decided to play here."
Tuchel has a track record of blooding young players, most recently Christian Pulisic, who seized the chance given him by the BVB boss last season, earning himself international recognition with the United States senior team with his performances during the 2015/16 campaign.