"We need to change everything," Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told WAZ (via Goal.com) in a recent interview. "We need to evolve again and again, the departure of one or the other offers the chance to do so."
Fans can expect a fair bit of turbulence going forward if the BVB chief sticks to his word. The 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga champions are in a transition period, with Robert Lewandowski set to leave for Bayern in the summer and Ilkay Gundogan linked with Real Madrid. Marco Reus could be on his way out the door, too, if his release clause (which takes effect in the summer of 2015) is activated.
Dortmund have undergone a tremendous development in the last few seasons, winning two Bundesliga titles, the DFB Pokal and reaching the Champions League final. But their success has prompted big clubs to pick them apart, despite their best efforts to extend the contracts of their stars prematurely.
As coach Juergen Klopp recently said, per Goal.com:
It has always been clear to us that our best players would be leaving at some point. I have already said for a few years now that it's up to us to make sure that Borussia Dortmund develop into a club where players want to go and then want to stay, too.
However, we are not there just yet as a club.
Dortmund are well on their way to becoming a big club, but as Zorc said, there are plenty of changes needed for that to happen. Click "Begin Slideshow" for analysis of the steps BVB must take in order to realize their potential and emerge as long-term giants of European football.