Klopp: Lewandowski decision soon

  • Last Updated: May 28 2013, 11:38 BST

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp expects the future of star striker Robert Lewandowski to be resolved in the next few days as rumours persist he is on the verge of following team-mate Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich.

Robert Lewandowski: Future to be decided soon
Robert Lewandowski: Future to be decided soon

The player's agent Cezary Kucharski claimed on Monday his client will be joining Bayern "within a fortnight" and that the two clubs just needed to hammer out a deal.

But Dortmund have not heard anything from Bayern, according to Klopp, who expects to see the Poland striker in pre-season training as normal in July.

"As things stand, there is no official offer from Bayern Munich," he told the Bild newspaper.

"I expect Robert to be playing for us next season. We are going to ensure a line is drawn under the speculation in the coming days."

Klopp insists it would not be the end of the world if the 24-year-old joins a Bayern side who beat Dortmund in Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley.

"We will see what happens. Anything is possible, but I can work with every scenario," he added.

"The only strange thing is that everybody is acting as if the issue has already been resolved.

"Jupp Heynckes says this, his agent says that - and we don't even have an offer for him. What's all that about?

"The way things are going is not very pretty."

Gotze will play for Bayern next season after the Bundesliga champions met the player's release clause.

Dortmund, meanwhile, have completed the signing of Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.

The former AEK Athens, Genoa and AC Milan defender arrived in the Bundesliga in 2011 and made 59 appearances for the northern Germany club, scoring two goals.

He is set to fill the void left by Felipe Santana, who announced he will be leaving the Westphalian club on Monday.

"I had two years at Werder which personally I have benefited from greatly," said the 24-year-old.

"Unfortunately, on the field things have not gone as we all had hoped and now was the time for me to take the next step.

"I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everybody who has supported me and helped me here. Werder Bremen will always have a place in my heart."

Bremen, who appointed Robin Dutt as their new coach on Monday and are planning a new beginning this summer after their worst season in 14 years, could not turn down the offer, according to their director of sport Thomas Eichin.

"It is part of the philosophy of Werder that we consider offers when they make sense for everybody," he said.

"All of the conditions were met for everybody involved in this case.

"Papas has done a very good job for Werder in the past two years and we wish him all the best for his career."


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