Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze has said he is looking forward to linking up with former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Robert Lewandowski again next season.
Gotze made a €37 million switch from Dortmund to the Munich in the summer, with Poland international striker Lewandowski appearing set to follow suit at the end of this season.
After Bayern defeated Dortmund to win the Champions League last season, Lewandowski, 25, said he wanted to move to Bavaria -- but his club refused to sell him, meaning he can now move on a free when his contract expires.
“If he joins us, I’ll be delighted,” Gotze told Bild. “At BVB, I got along really well with Robbie. He is an extraordinary striker.”
Gotze was not the only Bayern player asked about the Dortmund attacker, with skipper Philipp Lahm saying: “We can talk about it once he has put pen to paper.”
Earlier this week, Dortmund hit out at Lewandowski’s management after Der Spiegel released details of the war of words between the two parties this summer.
Der Spiegel claimed to have obtained details of confidential emails and texts exchanged between the two sides. The messages saw a lawyer acting on behalf of Lewandowski seeking to put into writing the agreement that would have made a €25 million move to Bayern possible after last season, but Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke was reported to have said he had been misunderstood over the matter.
In the exchange that followed, the words “d******* behavior” and “bunch of liars” were used on one side, and “liar” on the other.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc indicated to Bild that he believed the discussions had been leaked to Der Spiegel by Lewandowski’s management.
“Once again, this is one-sided, negative and biased reporting, paired with indiscretion from the agents' side,” he said. “For me, that is very dubious and, besides, the whole issue is 'cold coffee' [old hat].”
In an editorial, Bild said Bayern should re-examine the Lewandowski deal in light of the problems Dortmund have encountered. “In 2014, Bayern Munich will get one of the best strikers in the world, for free! Congratulations! But the Bayern bosses should now carefully consider if they really want to invite this bunch of people to their club,” it warned.