Manchester United and Chelsea’s hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski have been dashed, the
Lewandowski had wanted to join Bayern this summer but Dortmund resolved not to sell the centre-forward to the Bundesliga and Champions League winners, having already lost Mario Gotze to the Allianz Arena when Bayern matched the release clause in his contract. Lewandowski has no such escape clause and Dortmund have resolved to lose the 24-year-old for free rather than sell to their domestic rival.
United and Chelsea had both been keen on exploiting Lewandowski’s desire to leave – as well as Dortmund’s insistence on not selling to Bayern – by swooping for the forward, but Dortmund Coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed Lewandowski will wait out the final year of his current deal and join Munich in a year’s time. “I think it is a known fact that Robert is going to play for Bayern after the upcoming season,” Klopp told Welt am Sonntag.
“Now the only question is how to shape the time until then,” he continued, adding: “That is our concern and it is our commitment to our fans and members to ensure that we will have a more competitive team in the upcoming season. Up to a certain point we were with Robert’s desire for change and were ready to talk. But nothing happened so we had to eventually say: ‘[A sale] now no longer works for us.’
“And now we want to prove that, with a quality player like Robert, we can be successful in the coming year. Our results in the coming season is what we’re all about. I know that Robert and I see it the same way.”
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