Lewandowski agents anger Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have hit out at Robert Lewandowski’s management after Der Spiegel released details of the war of words between the two parties this summer.
Lewandowski had sought a move to Bayern Munich following May’s Champions League final, and had believed an verbal agreement with Dortmund would allow him to make a €25 million move to the Allianz Arena.
However, Dortmund -- having already lost Mario Gotze to the champions -- refused to allow the Poland international to move, and he is set to make the move on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires.
To placate the 25-year-old, BVB had granted him a 200% pay-rise in the hopes it would allow for a “reasonable” final season at the Westfalenstadion.
However, the rapprochement has come under threat in recent days. The striker reacted angrily to being substituted during the 2-0 DFB Pokal win over 1860 Munich, while he appeared to confirm his impending move to Bayern -- though he later clarified those remarks.
Most significantly, Der Spiegel claimed to have obtained details of confidential emails and texts exchanged between the two sides. The messages saw a lawyer acting on behalf of Lewandowski seeking to put into writing the agreement that would have made possible the €25 million move to Bayern; Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke was reported to have said he had been misunderstood over the matter.
In the exchange that followed, the words “d******* behavior” and “bunch of liars” were used on one side, and “liar” on the other.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc indicated in Bild that he believed the discussions had been leaked to Der Spiegel by Lewandowski’s management.
“Once again, this is one-sided, negative and biased reporting, paired with indiscretion from the agents' side,” he said. “For me, that is very dubious and, besides, the whole issue is 'cold coffee' [old hat].”
Watzke added: “I’m not surprised that this subject has been reopened. We will continue to avoid making any comments -- doing so would be like having mustard after the meal.”
In an editorial, Bild said Bayern should re-examine the Lewandowski deal in light of the problems Dortmund have encountered.
“In 2014, Bayern Munich will get one of the best strikers in the world, for free! Congratulations! But the Bayern bosses should now carefully consider if they really want to invite this bunch of people to their club,” the tabloid wrote.