Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp
has said that striker Robert Lewandowski
will be free to join Bayern Munich before the 2014-15 season, when his contract expires.
Klopp has accepted that it will be impossible to keep the 24-year-old Pole from joining Dortmund’s fierce rival but is hoping to make the relationship between the club and the player work for
the next 12 months.
"I think it is a known fact that Robert is going to play for Bayern after the upcoming season," Klopp told Welt am Sonntag
. "Now the only question is how to
shape the time until then. That is our concern and it is our commitment to our fans and members to ensure that we will have a more competitive team in the upcoming season.”
"Up to a certain point we were with Robert's desire for change and were ready to talk. But nothing happened so we had to eventually say: '[A sale] now no longer works for us.'"
on to say that Mario Gotze’s
$47.5 million move to Bayern, which was agreed in April, was even more upsetting than the club’s eventual UEFA Champions League defeat to
Bayern in the final.
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