Dortmund president pledges to spend

Reinhard Rauball says he wants the Bundesliga to remain as competitive as possible and will bring in more high quality players to keep his side at the top

Borussia Dortmund will invest heavily in the squad over the summer, says the club’s president Reinhard Rauball.

The Ruhr giants have already lost Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich, with Robert Lewandowski likely to follow the 21-year-old but Rauball wants the team to remain competitive.

“The Bundesliga is wondering to what extent we are willing and able to invest,” he is quoted as saying by Ruhr Nachrichten.

“Even in this regard, we are willing to make the duel of the league’s top two teams as exciting as possible.”

BVB finished 25 points behind Bayern in the Bundesliga standings but made it to the Champions League final, where they lost 2-1 to their Bavarian rivals.

They have already bought Sokratis Papastathopoulos to the club from Werder Bremen and have been heavily linked with moves for Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Eriksen.

Dembele hoping Bale will stay at Tottenham

The Belgium international believes the club must keep their “best player” in order to improve on last season’s fifth-placed finish and qualify for the Champions League

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is hopeful that Gareth Bale will stay at the club this summer.

After scoring 21 league goals last season, the Wales international has become one of the hottest properties in football, which has led to interest from Real Madrid.

Goal understands Bale is expected to sign a new contract worth €153,000 at White Hart Lane this summer and Dembele has urged the club to remain strong and resist any offers for their star man.

“He is an unbelievable player, so you never hope that your best player goes,” he told Sky Sports. “That’s my case as well.

“At the club we talk to each other a lot and he is a good guy.”

With Bale at the club, Dembele believes Tottenham can achieve “big things” next season and the Belgium international is also hoping to improve in his second season with the north Londoners.

“We are looking forward to starting the competition again because I think we can do big things,” Dembele continued.

“I always think I can do better. It was my first year [last season] and I hope next year I can do much better.”

I chose Liverpool over other clubs, says Aspas

The striker claims he barely considered offers from elsewhere once he discovered the Reds were interested in him ahead of a €8 million move from Celta Vigo

Iago Aspas claims his heart was always set on Liverpool once the club registered interest ahead of a €8 million move from Celta Vigo.

The 25-year-old, whose 12 goals last season helped Celta narrowly escape relegation, enjoyed a fine debut season in top-flight football, attracting widespread interest throughout Europe.

But he says the combined allure of Liverpool and playing in England easily topped all the other offers he had also received.

“When I heard of Liverpool’s interest I did not hesitate even for a minute,” Aspas told Marca.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and although I also had offers from Italy and Portugal and other countries I decided that my future was in English football.”

The striker, who can also operate out wide, added he was very much looking forward to the next step in his career.

He continued: “I am very calm but at the same time very excited because I am making a very significant step forward in my sporting career.”

De Bruyne has not discussed Chelsea future with Mourinho

The Belgium international admits he is yet to hold talks with new Blues boss but insists he wants to play regular football and does not want to sit on the bench

Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he has yet to discuss his future with new manager Jose Mourinho with Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen in the frame for his signature.

The Belgian spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen, scoring 10 times in 32 league appearances during a hugely successful spell in Germany which has caught the attention of the Bundesliga giants.

However, De Bruyne admits he is unsure where his future lies and has not spoken to Mourinho yet, although he is expecting talks in the near future.

“[I haven’t spoken to Mourinho] yet, but I think the time will come,” he told Sky Sports.

“The season is over now. We will see what happens.”

De Bruyne also added that with competition for places at national level hotting up ahead of next summer’s World Cup, he will not be content with a bit-part role.

“The most important thing for me is to play games,” he added.

“I know that I will be stressed when I play a few games on the bench.

“I always try to give my best for the team and I’ve had a great season, but also next season I need to play a lot of games. With the point of the World Cup, it’s very important.”

Higuain a great signing for any team, says Albiol

The defender has little doubt that the Argentine forward is good enough to become an instant at his next club regardless of his destination

Raul Albiol believes Gonzalo Higuain has what it takes to succeed at any club if he were to leave Real Madrid this summer.

The Argentina international recently stated that he wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu and Juventus are supposedly keen to lure the attacker to Turin ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

“Pipita is a phenomenal player. I don’t know if we’ll continue as team-mates, but it’s a pleasure to play with him. He’s a spectacular striker,” Albiol told AS.

“He has fought hard at Madrid, he has had to pick himself up a lot of times. If he leaves, I wish him the best and he’ll be a great addition to the team he signs for.

“I hope I never have to come up against him, though, because he’s an excellent player!”

The 25-year-old has a contract with Madrid until June 2016 and is expected to cost interested suitors around €25-30 million.