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May 28, 2013

Dortmund vows quick end to saga

Borussia Dortmund striker, Robert Lewandowski, is reportedly on the verge of signing for Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.

BERLIN -- Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp is pledging to put a quick end to the uncertainty over the future of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, whose agent has said he will join Champions League winner Bayern Munich.

Klopp told Tuesday's edition of German daily Bild that his club has not received any formal offer from Bayern for Lewandowski and he still assumes that Lewandowski will play for Dortmund next season.

"We will ensure in the coming days that a line is drawn under the speculation," he told the newspaper.

The 24-year-old Lewandowski was tight-lipped about his plans after Dortmund's loss to Bayern in the Champions League final on Saturday, but agent Cezary Kucharski said he would join Bayern.

Asked Monday on Poland's TVN24 whether Lewandowski is moving to Munich, Kucharski simply replied: "Yes." He said that talks between the clubs are under way, but that nothing had been signed.

Kucharski said Lewandowski is "curious to get to know a new club and new life."

Klopp insists it would not be the end of the world if Lewandowski joins a Bayern side that beat Dortmund in Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley.

"We will see what happens. Anything is possible, but I can work with every scenario," he told Bild. "The only strange thing is that everybody is acting as if the issue has already been resolved.

"[Outgoing Bayern coach] Jupp Heynckes says this, his agent says that -- and we don't even have an offer for him. What's all that about? The way things are going is not very pretty," he said.

Lewandowski was the second-best scorer in the German league this season with 24 goals in 31 games. He scored all four goals in a 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals.

Dortmund has a dilemma: either let Lewandowski go now for a fat transfer fee or see him leave for free once his contract is over.

If Lewandowski were to leave, Dortmund would prefer to see him go to a foreign club rather than join the Bundesliga rival, which has already lured one of its other stars, the highly talented midfielder Mario Goetze.

Goetze, however, had an exit clause in his contract that Lewandowski doesn't have.

Information from The Associated Press and Press Association was used in this report.

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