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Voller: Dortmund are hypocrites

May 24, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayer Leverkusen general manager Rudi Voller has lashed out at Borussia Dortmund for their reported hijacking of Werder Bremen defender Sokratis, calling the Champions League finalists “hypocritical”.

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GettyImagesSokratis looks to be on his way to Borussia Dortmund

According to media reports in Germany, Dortmund are on the verge of signing the €10 million-rated centre-back. The Greece international was believed to have been set for a move to Leverkusen, but now appears to have chosen Jurgen Klopp’s side instead.

And this has left a bitter taste in the mouth of Voller, who highlighted the frustration felt by Dortmund after Bayern Munich poached Mario Gotze from under their noses by triggering his £31.5 million release clause last month.

“Everybody knows they were sore a few weeks ago, when it became clear Gotze was to make the switch to Bayern,” he said. “In the case of Sokratis, this is hypocritical. I can only grin about it. That’s the cycle in this business.

“Borussia knew about it [Leverkusen’s interest]. But Borussia has a huge vault and they opened it. He can earn more in Dortmund.”

Sokratis looks set to replace Schalke-bound Felipe Santana at Westfalenstadion.

The versatile defender can also play in the right-back position, which will be vacant during the first couple of months of the 2013-2014 season, with Lukasz Piszczek out for up to five months after the Champions League final due to hip surgery.