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Aug 19, 2013

Lewandowski handed pay rise

Robert Lewandowski has ended his dispute with Borussia Dortmund, agreeing a pay rise for his final season at the Westfalenstadion.

Robert Lewandowski was part of the Dortmund team that edged past Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.
Robert Lewandowski was part of the Dortmund team that edged past Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday.

Lewandowski, set to move to Bayern Munich on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2014, said late last month that he had “a problem” with certain people at Dortmund after failing to secure a switch to the Allianz Arena this summer.

However, the Poland international appears to have been placated after he agreed new terms, with Der Spiegel reporting that he will earn up to €4.5 million during his final year with the club.

In an interview with Bild am Sonntag, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke said: “It is right that we have adjusted Robert’s wages to his sporting value -- as we had planned to do for several months.

“Robert’s desire to make the switch to Bayern this summer was legitimate, and it was clear that at first he’d be disappointed that we would not allow him to leave.”

Following talks with the club, the player and his agent had come to terms with the situation, Watzke said, adding: “It was a long and intense meeting. It was about time that we did this.”

Lewandowski made his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund on Sunday in a 2-1 victory at home to Eintracht Braunschweig, but was unable to add to the 55 goals he has scored for the club.

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