Dortmund eager to keep Champions League hero Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund have not given up hope of keeping Robert Lewandowski at the club, BBC Sport has reported, despite the four-goal hero of the Bundesliga side’s 4-1 Champions League win over Real Madrid nearing the final year of his contract.

Lewandowski has been linked with a move to Dortmund’s national rivals Bayern Munich – who this week confirmed the signing of Dortmund’s Mario Gotze – but Coach Jurgen Klopp does not feel it is inevitable the Poland international will leave the club in the near future.

Speaking after Lewandowski spearheaded Dortmund’s first-leg win over Jose Mourinho’s Madrid, Klopp said: “I do not have the feeling that Robert is on the run and we are not the ones to send him away. Let’s wait and see what happens next.

Klopp’s colleague, Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke, earlier this week denied that Lewandowski would be on the move in the summer, hinting the club would rather lose him for free in 2014 than sell to Bayern. “Robert has a contract until 2014 and there is no exit clause like with Mario Gotze,” Watzke said. “It is our explicit wish to keep him until 2014. That is why we are saying no to a transfer fee.

The four goals Lewandowski plundered against Madrid took him to 33 goals in 42 games for his club this season, with a total of 71 coming in 130 games since moving to Germany in 2010.

The BBC notes that Lewandowski was close to becoming a Blackburn player a few months before he joined Dortmund and was due for talks with Rovers, but an ash cloud from a volcano eruption meant he never made it to England for talks with Sam Allardyce. He instead joined Dortmund for £4.3m, while Allardyce signed Nikola Kalinic for £6m.

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