Robert Lewandowski Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Borussia Dortmund Star
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Robert Lewandowski has had a surprising summer.
It now looks like the striker will transfer to the Allianz Arena next summer after running down the final year of his contract.
Rumours about Lewandowski's immediate future may have been put to bed, but that hasn't stopped rumblings of discontent emanating from the striker’s camp.
We’ll keep you up to date on all the latest Lewandowski news right here as he prepares for the season ahead with Dortmund. So keep checking back for updates!
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Latest update: Monday August 12
Lewandowski: 'We Are Happy, Me Included'
Robert Lewandowski scored in Borussia Dortmund’s season-opener against FC Augsburg on Saturday, yet transfer gossip continues to persist about the striker's future.
The forward, who was signed from Saint-Etienne over the summer, is considered to be a long-term replacement for Lewandowski and opened his BVB account with a hat-trick.
Lewandowski provided the assist for Aubameyang's third goal. Following the victory, the Poland international told the club's official website:
We are happy, me included. I made one goal and scored one. But the most important thing is getting the three points. It´s a decent start but we have a long season ahead of us and will need to play better than we did today. Augsburg were strong opposition, particularly in the first half. It was no easy game. Aubameyang scored a hat-trick so for him, it was a pretty good first game!
Currently in the final year of his contract at the Westfalenstadion, Lewandowski has been outspoken in recent weeks about his treatment by the Dortmund hierarchy.
The striker's discontent has raised questions about how he will perform for Jurgen Klopp's side this season. One option, which has been mooted by The Sun's (requires subscription) Antony Kastrinakis, is a potential transfer to Arsenal.
Perhaps a move, or a season-long loan before signing for Bayern Munich next summer, could be a good option for both Lewandowski and Dortmund, who seem to have already found a sound replacement in Aubameyang.
In the second Bundesliga fixture of the 2013/14 campaign, Dortmund will face Eintracht Braunschweig at the Westfalenstadion on August 18.
Klopp Calls for Talks with Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has called for talks with Robert Lewandowski—to put an end to the striker’s summer transfer saga.
Klopp was responding to reports that surfaced last week, in which Lewandowski said he felt "cheated" by members of Dortmund’s management.
The manager was quoted on the club’s official website in a pregame report, before Dortmund faced SV Wilhelmshaven in the DFB Cup.
We will clarify this issue in the next few days
For me, it is way more important what he does than what he says, because what he does doesn't leave any room for interpretation.
There are no problems in the daily routines. If that were the case, I would say something about it - and surely react differently. Everything to talk about will be talked about internally. The meeting’s goal will be to settle this matter for good.
Everything's okay. Nothing has changed since yesterday or the day before. I expect that we will be able to resolve this issue within the next few days.
Dortmund beat Wilhelmshaven to make it to the second round of the DFB cup on Saturday. Lewandowski scored his side’s third goal in their 3-0 away win.
The draw for the second round will be made on August 10.
Lewandowski: 'I Feel Cheated'
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Robert Lewandowski has said he feels "cheated" and "disappointed" by members of the Dortmund management team.
In an interview given to Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita (via skysports.com), the striker said:
If someone says something, he should keep his word. I'm not saying it's only about the transfer, but other things we have discussed with management and that has not materialised.
It turns out that words spoken straight into my eyes were untrue. No matter how hard I will train and what I will do, the feeling that I've been cheated will still be there.
Maybe that word is too much, so for now I will say I'm disappointed.
Lewandowski 'Problem' with Dortmund Hierarchy
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Robert Lewandowski has expressed his frustration with Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Jurgen Klopp's side faced Bayern in the German Super Cup on Saturday, where they defeated their rivals 4-2.
In an interview with Sky Deutschland (via ESPN.co.uk) following the game, Lewandowski said:
When I am on the pitch, I want to play well and score goals. That is the most important thing for me, no matter where I play.
I feel fine in the team, but with other people I do have a problem. That is a difficult issue.
In an interview given to Bild (via skysports.com), Watzke admitted that the striker’s comments were directed at him,
Watzke said: "Obviously he's referring to me. But I have got to make decisions for the good of this club. I can fully accept that Robert is a bit frustrated."
Klopp: 'There Are No Problems with Robert'
Jurgen Klopp insists that Robert Lewandowski feels "at home" at Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking after his side had wrapped up their preseason training camp in Switzerland, the Dortmund manager was quoted on globalpost.com:
He's been great, not only professionally.
We are quite relaxed about the situation, so is he.
He feels right at home in the team and we have chosen to draw a line under last season and this season, getting rid of everything in between.
We will find out what comes next. There are no problems with Robert.
Borussia Dortmund's season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 10 against FC Augsburg at the SGL Arena.