Schmelzer: Dortmund must hold on to Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer has emphasised the importance of keeping star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the club.

The Gabon international has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Liverpool after claiming the Bundesliga's Golden Boot with 31 goals in 32 games last season.

However, Schmelzer believes it's crucial for the BVB to hold on to their prized asset.

"It is really important that he stays. He was the top scorer of the Bundesliga in the last season. That shows how important he is for the team," the German defender said, according to Four Four Two.

"He is an absolute top striker that we simply need. We always stressed that if he wants that transfer we would understand that, but that we would also be a lot happier if he stays. Now that is the case.

"It is also really important inside the team, because he speaks for example the language of the French players. He speaks several languages and that makes Aubameyang also an important figure that integrates.

"He also brings fun into the team."