Dortmund rule out sale of Poland international striker.
Borussia Dortmund have insisted that Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski will not be sold this summer.
The prolific Pole has been linked with moves to United, Bayern Munich, Man City and Chelsea, after a stunning season for the Bundesliga outfit.
The 24-year-old bagged 36 goals in 48 appearances last term, including wowing Europe with a four-goal haul against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
The forward has made no secret of his desire to follow £33m playmaker Mario Goetze to the Allianz Arena but Dortmund have stressed they will not sell Lewandowski to their Bundesliga rivals, reported leaving United as favourites to sign the Poland star.
But Aki Watzke, Dortmund’s chief executive, has now insisted the striker will ‘definitely’ be at the club next season.
“Robert will definitely play for Borussia Dortmund next season,” he told German source Suddeutsche Zeitung.
“We need planning certainty.”
Watzke’s words come just days after Lewandowski threatened to offer ‘proof’ that Dortmund had promised to allow him to move to the European Champions this summer.
The CEO, however, claimed there was never such an agreement in place.
“There is no such promise. There is no verbal agreement and no written agreement. Factually, this is a lie,” Watzke added.
Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc confirmed: “We will start our pre-season in two weeks. And we want clarity in that matter now.”