Borussia Dortmund have claimed the club have rejected a number of offers for star striker Robert Lewandowski, amid speculation of interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Polish international is considered one of the best strikers in Europe – and this reputation was underlined by scoring 30 goals across all competitions last season as Dortmund claimed a league and cup double. However, despite the 24-year-old being contracted to the Bundesliga side until 2014, his future has been thrown into doubt over the summer with United and Chelsea both linked with substantial bids for the Polish forward.
It has been rumoured that Sir Alex Ferguson failed with a £25m bid for Lewandowski over a month ago and so turned to Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie. Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo is also thought to be an admirer, with Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirming the striker is the subject of mass interest. Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Zorc said “There have been enquiries from several clubs,” but later stated “Our position has not changed since March – Lewandowski still plays at Dortmund.”
This firm stance is being fiercely backed throughout the club, with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke also confirming Lewandowski is going nowhere. “There were other clubs interested in him. I am repeating myself but Lewandowski will play next season for Dortmund.” United and Chelsea are both expected to continue scouting Lewandowski during the coming season.