Dortmund manager confirms Lewandowski will be joining Bayern.
Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp has confirmed that Manchester United and Chelsea target Robert Lewandowski will be joining Bayern Munich in 2014.
United and the Blues have been tracking the 24-year-old for some time, but with the Pole’s contract expiring in 12 months time Klopp has now announced Lewandowski will be joining Bayern.
“I think it is a known fact that Robert is going to play for Bayern after the upcoming season,” the Dortmund boss was quoted in the Daily Mail.
“That is our concern and it is our commitment to our fans and members to ensure that we will have a more competitive team in the upcoming season.
“Up to a certain point we were with Robert’s desire for change and were ready to talk. But nothing happened so we had to eventually say: ‘[A sale] now no longer works for us.”
The Poland international had been linked with a move to the Premier League but this news from Klopp will disappoint any English clubs hoping to sign Lewandowski.
It also means that Dortmund will lose their top-scorer on a free transfer next summer, despite the striker being one of the most deadly goal-scorers in European football.
In the 2012/13 campaign Lewandowski was in fine form and finished runner-up in the Bundesliga scoring list with 24 strikes and the Champions League, with the Pole’s 10 goals second only to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dortmund have already lost Mario Goetze to rivals Bayern this year – after losing out to the side in the German league and the Champions League final – and now face losing another top player to the Allianz Arena.
Watch Lewandowski netting goal after goal below: