“If the right player comes along you have to be prepared to make a move. I can find room for anybody here as long as they have the required quality. I am not sure Lewandowski will be sold to Bayern now. The Dortmund fans are not going to be happy and I don’t think they will sell to their main rivals. I think they will either let his contract run out, or sell him somewhere else.” Sir Alex Ferguson, April 2013
Borussia Dortmund have moved to quash speculation over the future of want away striker Robert Lewandowski.
The German club has remained insistent the player will not leave the club this summer amid interest from a host of clubs including Manchester United who have kept tabs on the striker for months.
Speaking on the future of Lewandowski, Dortmund’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke told Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that the Pole would be no going nowhere this year.
“Robert will definitely be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season,” he said.
“We need this security to be able to plan (for the season).”
The 24-year-old has just one year to run on his current contract and has become the subject of a transfer saga where every passing day brings a new angle on the story.
He appeared all-but destined to seal a switch to Bayern Munich with outgoing coach Jupp Heycknes virtually confirming the signing in the wake of the Champions League final in May but with Dortmund already losing prized asset Mario Gotze to the Bavarian outfit, they are understandably reluctant to sell to Munich.
It seems Dortmund would rather lose Lewandowski on a free transfer next summer than cash in on another prized asset this year.
Lewandowski had a fabulous 2012/13 campaign, scoring 36 times in all competitions including a fabulous four goal salvo against Real Madrid. The striker is regarded as one of the best on the planet and his game has no obvious weaknesses; he is able to drop off and play wide, hold the ball up, is strong in the air and finish with both feet.
And despite United’s wealth of attacking options, United’s interest in Lewandowski was genuine but now seems to be futile with Dortmund unwilling to sell.