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Last week reports emerged suggesting Andre Villas-Boas turned down the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during his time in charge of Tottenham.

Aubameyang played for French side St Ettienne at the time. He had been repeatedly recommended to Villas-Boas, but the Spurs boss opted against buying him in the summer of 2012.

A year later the Gabon international joined Dortmund, and since then he has become one of Europe’s most prolific¬†goal scorers.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild (via ESPN) this week, Aubameyang confirmed he nearly joined Tottenham in 2012.

“I was at Tottenham back then, had a tour of the stadium and the training ground,” said the 28-year-old. “We held talks. But after that nobody contacted me again.”

He added: “That’s definitely extra motivation for me on Wednesday. I want to score again.”

A highly motivated Aubameyang is certainly a worry for Spurs. Thankfully, at least seven Dortmund first team players are set to miss the game through injury.

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