Borussia Dortmund are desperate to hold on to Robert Lewandowski for one more year despite interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
The Poland international, whose four goals stunned Real Madrid and put Borussia on the brink of their second Champions League final on Wednesday, was linked with a move to Munich when the agent of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes claimed a deal was all but complete for the former Lech Poznan forward.
But Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp denied it and Borussia chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted he would rather keep the 24-year-old hitman at Signal Iduna Park for next season and lose him for free than sell him.
Watzke told ZDF: “I’m surprised [about the claims]. I don’t know what agent Heynckes has.
“All the wildfires coming from [Munich] are of no interest to us. The fact is that Robert has a contract with us till 2014.
“Unlike Mario [Gotze] he has no release clause. We want Robert to play next year in Dortmund, for this we will waive a transfer fee. But first of all we have to talk with Robert. He is one of our most important players and a great guy.
“We have a good relationship and the transfer fee does not matter. I want him to stay, and in my life a lot of my wishes came true.”
Speaking to Sky Germany, Klopp added: “I don’t believe Lewandowski is on the run. We won’t send him away.” (Goal)
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has long been interested in the striker and recently asked Lewandowski’s agent Cezary Kucharski: “Why haven’t you brought him to my attention when he was worth four million?!”
Lewandowski turned down a move to Blackburn for roughly that figure when he left Lech Poznan for Germany three years ago, but he is now worth eight to ten times that amount.
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