Man United transfers: Klopp urgres Lewandowski to stay at Dortmund
Man United transfers: Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp hopes Robert Lewandowski will stay beyond the summer
Jürgen Klopp wants Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to stay at the club amid interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
The Poland international scored a spectacular four goals against Real Madrid in a 4-1 victory at Westfalenstadion in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.
Lewandowski is out of contract at the end of next season and is yet to commit his future to Dortmund – and Klopp is desperate for his prolific forward to stay.
“I don’t get the feeling Robert is on the run,” Klopp told ZDF. “We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Klopp was dealt a blow this week after 20-year-old midfielder Mario Götze agreed to join Bayern Munich in the summer for a £32m transfer fee.
Lewandowski has scored 35 goals in 43 appearances this season, and Klopp believes the former Lech Poznan star can become a legend at Dortmund if he stays at the club.
“Our wish is explicit that he stays here,” he added. “We will even do without receiving a transfer fee for him – that doesn’t interest us in the slightest.
“Robert’s contract runs until 2014 and, unlike Mario Götze, there is no get-out clause.”
He added: “Whenever I walk through the Borusseum [the club’s museum], I always see the same old videos.
“Maybe now Robert’s four goals will find a place in there, but for that to happen, we have got to build on this in the second leg.”
Klopp also warned Madrid that his Dortmund side won’t sit back and play a defensive game to protect their 4-1 lead in the second leg at the Bernabeu next week.
“We are not a team who can simply defend a result,” he said. “We always want to attack.
“I brought [Sebastian] Kehl and [Kevin] Grosskreutz on tonight to strengthen us defensively, and the first thing they did was in the Real Madrid penalty area. I think that says it all.
“We have played an extraordinary game against a fantastic team, but nothing has been decided yet.
“But even if we get knocked out, nobody can take this night away from us.”