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Gotze could return for UCL final

Mario Gotze could return to the Borussia Dortmund team just in time for the Champions League final against his future club, coach Jurgen Klopp told an international press conference on Wednesday.

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Speaking to the press on Wednesday, during a media open day, Klopp confirmed that, so far, everything had worked out according to plan during Gotze's rehabilitation after sustaining a thigh tear during the semi-final victory against Real Madrid.

"We will intensify the training over the week," Klopp said. "The plan is he returns to team training at the beginning of next week. Then I hope everything stays that way. We will take it from there and decide whether that's good enough or not."

Germany midfielder Gotze is currently getting in shape for the Wembley showdown in Munich, away from the TV cameras in Dortmund, Munich paper tz revealed on Wednesday.

"Of course, I am hoping to get him ready to play for the final," Gotze's physiotherapist Bernd Fischer, a Bayern Munich fan, told the paper.

With one of the major questions prior to the Champions League final answered, Klopp also confirmed that the Robert Lewandowski situation will not be solved before the Wembley final.

The striker is the subject of interest from Bayern and Manchester United and looks likely to follow Gotze out of the door at Dortmund this summer.

"Once the game is over we can talk about everything," he said. "As of now, I'd like to think that Lewi will stay in Dortmund."

The Dortmund boss, whose rise to fame is one of the more surprising stories in European football this year, believed that on their day Dortmund were capable of beating every team in the world.

"We're not the best team in the world, but we can beat the best team in the world," Klopp said in his best English.

Continuing in German, he added: "Against Bayern we have always had moments in which we made their lives difficult. We will aim for that again."


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