Robert Lewandowski indicated he has a “problem” with Borussia Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke in a Sky interview following his team’s 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich at the weekend.
Lewandowski has made no secret of his desire to join Bayern this summer, but Dortmund — who already lost Mario Gotze to the champions — have refused to contemplate a sale.
Jurgen Klopp, the Dortmund coach, acknowledged earlier this month that Lewandowski will move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer but said the Poland striker had a key part to play in ensuring the club is successful in the coming season. “I know Robert sees things the same way,” he added in Welt am Sonntag.
Saturday’s German Supercup meeting had been keenly anticipated as the player made his first competitive appearance for Dortmund since the 2-1 defeat to Bayern in the Champions League final. Despite failing to score, his overall performance was impressive and, interviewed post-match, he said he did not have a problem representing the club.
“When I am on the pitch, I want to play well and score goals,” he told Sky. “That is the most important thing for me, no matter where I play.”
However, he added: “I feel fine in the team, but with other people I do have a problem. That is a difficult issue.”
The statement appeared to be directed at Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc, who had refused to grant him a move to Bayern this summer.
Watzke, speaking to Bild, said: “It’s obvious Robert is focused on me, but I need to make decisions for the good of the club. I can accept that Robert bears a small grudge against me.”