Watzke: Dortmund will discuss decent offers with Lewandowski

The Schwarzgelben supremo insists the Pole, who has been heavily linked with Bayern Munich, is not necessarily bound for the exit door at Signal Iduna Park

Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed the club have promised to speak with Robert Lewandowski and his representatives should they receive any offer for the striker’s services.

The Poland international’s agent, Maik Barthel, claimed earlier this week his client had agreed to join Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga champions said to have decided to meet the player’s buy-out clause. However, both clubs denied this was the case.

Indeed, while Watzke has now admitted to Aktuellen Sportstudio that Dortmund have ceded to a request from Lewandowski’s advisers to discuss any “decent offers” received before May 15 for the forward, “that does not mean that Robert will definitely change [clubs].”

Bayern have already persuaded Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze to swap Signal Iduna Park for the Allianz Arena this summer, with the Bavarians having agreed to meet the Germany international’s €37 million buy-out clause.

Thiago targets Barcelona comeback against Bayern

The 22-year-old knows anything can happen in football and he is hoping for an incredible turnaround against the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday

Barcelona midfielder Thiago insists the club can stage a comeback against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

The Catalan club were blown away in the Allianz Arena as the Germans put four past them without reply but the 22-year-old is still hopeful Tito Vilanova’s charges can overturn what seems an almost insurmountable deficit.

“I think we will make a comeback,” he told the club’s official website.

“We’re in good condition and we have a team that always want to win, but anything can happen in football.”

The Camp Nou outfit were held to a 2-2 draw by Athletic Bilbao on Saturday in what was the Basques’ final game at San Mames before it makes way for their new stadium.

And Thiago paid tribute to their ground and believes their new home will be just as good.

He said: “San Mames is a historic stadium and we’ve always really enjoyed playing here, but I’m sure the new stadium will be great as well.”

Alexis Sanchez was among the scorers as Barca edged closer to the Liga title and the Chilean knows the value of having a fit Lionel Messi for the Champions League clash against Bayern as the Argentine came off the bench to score and assist in Saturday’s league encounter.

“We know what it means to have Messi on the pitch, it doesn’t surprise us, when he comes in, he changes the game,” he said.

” [Against Bayern] we need to fight back, but we also know it will be very difficult.”

The second leg of the semi-final is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 1 at 20:45CET.

'Bayern aren't done yet' – Ribery issues Barcelona warning

Die Roten winger promises no respite for the Catalans despite his side carrying a 4-0 lead into Wednesday’s Champions League tie, demanding another top-class performance

Franck Ribery has dismissed any idea of complacency on the part of Bayern Munich, stressing that they must deliver a good display against Barcelona.

The Bavarians go into Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg on the back of a devastating 4-0 win over the Blaugrana last week, warming up for the fixture with a 1-0 victory against Freiburg on Saturday.

However, despite progress to the final looking reasonably assured, Ribery warned the Liga leaders that Bayern would not be taking anything for granted.

“We are not done yet,” the 30-year-old Frenchman was quoted by tz-online.de.

“It is very difficult at Camp Nou. We have to play like we did in the first game.”

The former Olympique de Marseille player’s thoughts about continued focus were also echoed by Bayern director of sport, Matthias Sammer.

“The focus in Barcelona should be on the performance and not on the result,” the 45-year-old stressed.

“We just have to carry the ball as we did in the first leg and play with creativity. If we don’t do it that way, it could be dangerous.”
Die Roten have enjoyed an excellent season and Emre Can’s goal against Freiburg was enough to take them to 84 points, breaking the Bundesliga points record with three games still to play.

“It’s a wonderful achievement,” Sammer enthused.

“I am really happy about it. This is very important for the head, for our rhythm and the mood in the dressing room.

“The season has been a marathon. We’ve already won the championship. In the Champions League we are very much in the hunt but we’re not yet at the destination.”

Netzer: Gotze and Lewandowski exits will down Dortmund

The Borussia Monchengladbach legend believes BVB can wave goodbye to any prospect of lifting silverware next season as two of their star men prepare to leave the club

Former Germany midfielder Gunter Netzer believes Bayern Munich’s signing of Mario Gotze and potential capture of Robert Lewandowski will end Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of success next season.

Die Roten, who maintained their 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table with a 1-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday, having already secured the league title, could yet add the Champions League and DFB-Pokal to their list of honours this season.

And after the revelations Bayern have met Borussia Dortmund star Gotze’s €37.5 million release clause, ahead of a summer move, Netzer expressed how impressed he was with the signing and his thoughts on the possibility of Robert Lewandowski following the same path from Signal Iduna Park to the Allianz Arena.

“One title is sure to be followed by two,” he wrote in his Bild column.

“Should Lewandowski leave Dortmund after Gotze, it would be a significant impairment. Of course they’re capable of finding a success-promising substitution. However, they won’t succeed with it initially, the quality of Gotze and Lewandowski is just too big.

“Pep Guardiola will be overjoyed with the personnel policies of his future club. But that was definitely a reason to go to Munich. This trainer, in conjunction with Gotze and Lewandowski, could lead to a long-standing dominance for Bayern.”

Netzer then hailed the respective talents of Gotze and Lewandowski, stating his belief that the former of that pair is incomparable with any other young talent in world football.

“My spontaneous reaction to the transfer of Mario Gotze to Bayern was: ‘What a deal!,'” the 68-year-old continued.

“There is no young player who has this class and also demonstrates it everyday worldwide.

“The same also applies for Robert Lewandowski. He is a striker in the top category, a player who is a decisive factor for success. With his skills, he is one of the best attackers in the world and is therefore understandably Bayern’s striker of choice. But he is also an object of desire for other great world clubs.”

Both Bayern and BVB will bid to book their place in the Champions League final at Wembley when they face Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, in the second-leg of their semi-final ties on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Lewandowski move to Manchester United is still possible

The Red Devils’ boss hints that a transfer to Old Trafford could happen for the Dortmund star, feeling it unlikely that BVB will allow him to follow Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stoked speculation that the Red Devils will make a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski as he doubts claims that the Polish goalscorer will go to Bayern Munich.

The Pole scored four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday and has been the subject of intense speculation over recent weeks as the new Bundesliga champions were rumoured to have secured his services.

Sir Alex, however, deems it unlikely that Dortmund will sell to their rivals after already losing Mario Gotze to Bavaria and admits that he could swoop in.

“If the right player comes along you have to be prepared to make a move, I can find room for anybody here as long as they have the required quality,” he told reporters.

“I am not sure Lewandowski will be sold to Bayern now. The Dortmund fans are not going to be happy and I don’t think they will sell to their main rivals. I think they will either let his contract run out, or sell him somewhere else.”

The veteran manager spoke of Dortmund’s fortunes in the Champions League as he openly admired their team and appeared to eagerly anticipate the prospect of an all-German final.

“But for the referee [in United’s defeat to Real Madrid] it would have been us facing Dortmund and we would have had to do a good job, because they are a good side,” the Scot observed.

“Our target for next season is to do better in Europe, possibly by adding a player or two, but it will be interesting if this season’s final is an all-German affair.

“I have said all along that Dortmund have been prioritising the Champions League this season. They have an unbelievable record against Bayern so, despite what the German league table might say, if the two sides meet in the final it wouldn’t be a gimme for Bayern.”