Klopp: No Lewandowski fears

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is not worried by fresh reports linking Robert Lewandowski with Manchester United.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 20:19 Post Comment

Robert Lewandowski: Linked with Manchester United move

Robert Lewandowski: Linked with Manchester United move

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

It has been claimed that the prolific Poland international will join the Premier League club in a £12million deal at the end of the season.

It is suggested the price for the 24-year-old would be relatively cheap as he would be out of contract the following summer.

Klopp did not say it would not happen, but feels German football clubs are now in a much stronger position to resist overtures from their wealthy Premier League counterparts.

Klopp said: "I've no idea (about this). I'm not afraid he is going to be leaving us.

"Manchester United is one of many clubs that are going to be showing an interest in him. But the fact remains the contract is with us.

"The time when there were big, rich English clubs coming to lure German players away - thank God those times are over.

"No, I'm not afraid I'll be losing him and in the second half of the season he'll be with us."

The Bundesliga champions lost Shinji Kagawa to the Old Trafford club last summer.

Klopp's immediate priority is a visit from United's rivals Manchester City in their final Champions League Group D match.

Dortmund are already through to the knockout stage as group winners while City are playing only for the consolation prize of a place in the Europa League.

Despite that, Klopp has no intention of taking it easy on the visitors at the Westfalenstadion.

He said: "This is a Champions League game.

"When a team is through, there is sometimes a temptation to rest players but that is not for us. We are going to play with a good team.

"It will be a high-tempo game and we have got to try to put a fresh team on the pitch, but obviously there will be changes."

Dortmund will be without defender Neven Subotic and midfielders Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender through injury, while Mario Gotze, Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub Blaszczykowski could also miss out.

The two clubs fought out a pulsating 1-1 draw when they met at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the campaign.

Both sides had numerous chances in the first half before Dortmund went ahead in and dominated the second, only to be pegged back by a late penalty.

Klopp said: "The match at City was surely one of the best ever for a Borussia Dortmund team.

"We were extremely quick, ran extremely well and were tactically very strong.

"Normally you win such a game, but that was not the case then. As it turned out, it didn't do us much harm.

"I can't really say how tomorrow's game will develop because I have no idea how the (City) team will line up.

"The squad has huge quality, no matter who is playing, but I also know that the big Manchester derby is coming up this weekend.

"We will see where their priorities lie. You can't always play like we did in Manchester, but, of course, we should try."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Seven arrested FIFA officials to fight extradition to USA

Swiss authorities have confirmed all seven individuals arrested on charges related to corruption within FIFA will contest extradition.

Sepp Blatter lies low as David Cameron joins opposition to FIFA president's re-election

Sepp Blatter held an emergency meeting in Zurich on Thursday morning as David Cameron joined those calling for his head.

David Cameron says that Sepp Blatter should quit FIFA

Prime Minister David Cameron has supported calls for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to quit.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company