German club Borrusia Dortmund revealed on Sunday that their phenomenal striker Robert Lewandowski will not be sold to arch rivals Bayern Munich.
The ex-Lech Poznan striker, who has scored 54 goals in 98 appearances for Dortmund since moving to the Westfalenstadion in 2010, wanted to follow in the footsteps of teammate Mario Goetze by securing a ‘dream move’ to the Bavarian club at the end of last week.
But Dortmund president Hans-Joachim Watzke has come out to say they will not allow him to join Bayern.
Watzke told Bild Newspaper on Sunday that “Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013. This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisors. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer.”
The Polish striker has been touted by top English Premier League (EPL) clubs with Manchester United considered an ardent admirer of the 25-year-old striker, whose form for country and club has been amazing.
Chelsea and Manchester City have placed a tab on the player hoping to land him in their various clubs, but the player is only keen on the move to Munich.
“The matter’s closed and there’s no anger or resentment… If Robert still wants to go to Bayern, he’ll have the chance to do it next year,” added Watzke.
Lewandowski’s contract expires in the summer of 2014 by which time he is free to join Bayern, if, the host of Premier League clubs seeking for his penmanship fails before the start of next season.
Should United land Lewandowski, who has been the club’s long time target, it will increase the possibility of Wayne Rooney leaving Old Trafford.