Borussia Dortmund keen to fend off transfer interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich for their star striker Robert Lewandowski.
Borussia Dortmund have revealed they still very much hope to keep star striker Robert Lewandowski after his wonderful display against Real Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.
The Polish international scored four great goals – the first ever to do so against Real Madrid in the European Cup – and put his team in the driving seat ahead of the second leg.
Understandably, BVB manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to retain Lewandowski’s services.
“I do not have the feeling that Robert is on the run and we are not the ones to send him away,” Klopp is quoted as saying to the BBC.
“Let’s wait and see what happens next.”
The reason there are so many transfer rumours surrounding Robert Lewandowski at present is because he has a single year remaining on his Borussia Dortmund contract, and with no sign of committing his future as yet, he looks set to leave Signal Iduna Park.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been the strongest linked, with Sir Alex Ferguson indicating that he feels the Bavarians are favourites for Lewandowski’s signature.
“Big signings? You are normally talking about forwards but it’s complicated enough as it is with the forwards I’ve got,” said Ferguson to Sky Sports.
When asked specifically whether the club had any interest in Lewandowski, Ferguson was clear: “Yeah, but Bayern Munich are strong with that too.
However, having sold star playmaker Mario Goetze – known as Idol in Germany – to FC Bayern already, Dortmund are understandably reluctant to further strengthen their rivals.
“Robert has a contract until 2014 and there is no exit clause like with Mario Gotze,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke to the BBC.
“It is our explicit wish to keep him until 2014. That is why we are saying no to a transfer fee.”