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Dortmund: Striker could stay until 2014

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Aki Watzke has told kicker that striker Robert Lewandowski could stay at the club until the end of his contract in 2014.

Earlier this month, Watzke said Dortmund were no longer ruling out the departure of the €25 million-rated forward at the end of the season.

They would need to sell the 24-year-old in the summer in order to bring in a large transfer fee. He is attracting interest from clubs including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Poland international scored another two goals as Dortmund beat Mainz 2-1 at the weekend, and Watzke said: "Robert is one of the five leading forwards in Europe. He plays at an extremely high level.

"Right now, I don't think Robert will be leaving us in 2013. There is always the chance he will stay, even if he does not extend his contract.

"Let's make one thing clear: this is our call. Economically speaking, a good season from Lewandowski could make more sense than getting a transfer fee next summer. We are under no economical pressure to have to do something."

Speaking at the club's annual meeting on Sunday, Watzke announced a record profit of €34.3 million after taxes - the biggest profit recorded by a Bundesliga club.

Meanwhile, the German FA's refereeing chief Lutz-Michael Frohlich has hit out at Borussia coach Jurgen Klopp, appearing to blame his "aggressive" approach to officials for attacks on referees in minor Berlin leagues.

"Even if Jurgen Klopp later stands in front of the cameras and says: 'I am sorry,' something always sticks," Frohlich told Deutschlandradio.

"His behaviour has an aggressive potential that could spurn violent excesses at grassroots level."

Klopp hit back at the comments, saying: "Mr Frohlich might think the way I handle this might not be the right way. To make such a big thing out of it - to me that's nasty. There are many problems on amateur level, and I certainly can't be the biggest one."

He was backed by Nurnberg boss Dieter Hecking, who said: "Klopp is an emotional coach. To brand him like that in no way does his work justice."

Frohlich later said: "This is not about single persons and it was never my intention to attack someone," adding that he hoped to talk to Klopp about what had happened.


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