Featured Matches
Previous
Modena
Cittadella
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Modena
Cittadella
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
SpVgg Greuther Furth
St Pauli
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Brest
AS Nancy Lorraine
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Boavista
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
OFI Crete
Veria
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hobro IK
FC Vestsjaelland
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Lucerne
FC Aarau
Postp
Game Details
Lanús
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Banfield
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Tigre
Quilmes
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
La Equidad
Atlético Nacional
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Feb 17, 2013

Dortmund hit out over Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund general manager Aki Watzke has revealed his frustration at speculation linking Robert Lewandowski with a summer move to rivals Bayern Munich.

Robert Lewandowski scores from the penalty spot in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win over Greuther Furth
Lewandowski has won two Bundesliga titles and a German cup since joining Dortmund in 2010

Lewandowski, 24, has 18 months to run on his current contract with the Bundesliga champions but his continued excellent form for Dortmund has attracted interest, reportedly from Manchester United and more recently from Bayern.

But as the speculation about a possible switch for the Polish striker grows stronger, with several German newspapers and television channels claiming a deal has already been struck between Lewandowski and Bayern, Watzke has reacted angrily to the situation.

“The whole issue is really getting on my nerves,” he said. “There are two scenarios: the first is that Bayern have no interest in Robert, in which case it's all a load of rubbish.

“The other scenario is that they are interested, and then they have got to lift their cover at some stage and come to us with an enquiry.

“Bayern are usually correct and if they have any interest in a player, they will make contact.

“When they do that, they will get an answer. Maybe that would even surprise them, but as long as they carry on saying they have no interest or for as long as they don't do anything, then we don't care. Robert is playing here, playing very well too, and there is nothing more to say.”

Due to Lewandowski’s failure to sign a contract extension at Dortmund, Watzke is realistic about the chance of the club retaining the services of a player who has been at the forefront of their domestic and European success in the last three seasons.

“He has had the chance (to extend) and we have got to be realistic and if he has not taken that chance up to now, then the probability of him doing so is not getting any higher,”Watzke told Sky television.

“But that has nothing to do with whether he plays for us next season or not. That is entirely dependent on us, considering the contractual situation, which is why we are pretty relaxed about the whole thing.”

Bayern director of sport Matthias Sammer has maintained the club’s stance and played down the speculation.

“We've not said anything about it in the past and we are not going to say anything now, and not tomorrow either,” he said.

“There is absolutely nothing to say about the issue from our side. I have said what I wanted to say and what had to be said.”

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.