'We want Lewandowski to stay' – Watzke dismisses Bayern Munich & Manchester United approaches
The Poland international produced an extraordinary performance for Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid, scoring four goals, and his employers are not planning to sell him
Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke insists he would rather lose star striker Robert Lewandowski for free next summer than sell him to Bayern Munich or Manchester United.
Reports on Wednesday linked the Poland international with a move to the Bavarians, with the agent of Jupp Heynckes claiming a deal was all but complete for the former Lech Poznan forward.
Lewandowski scored all four goals in Dortmund’s thrilling 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday night, and Watzke admitted he would rather have the 24-year-old replicating that form at Signal Iduna Park 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 harassing fire from a part of the republic 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, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp added: “I don’t believe Lewandowski is on the run. We won’t send him away.”
Despite the remarkable win over Jose Mourinho’s men on Wednesday, Watzke insisted he was not getting carried away with the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu yet to come.
“I am very proud of the team,” he added. “But I’m tense because I know the world will be another in six days.”
Amid all the speculation regarding Lewandowski, the player himself refused to be drawn on the rumours linking him with Bayern and was adamant that his focus is firmly on Dortmund.
“I’m concentrating on Borussia,” he told reporters. “We have important games in Champions League and the Bundesliga, we have to see what happens then.”