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Dortmund refute Eriksen reports

June 18, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Borussia Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc has denied that a deal to bring Christian Eriksen to the club from Ajax Amsterdam is almost done.

Christian Eriksen
PA PhotosChristian Eriksen joined Ajax from the youth ranks of Danish club Odense

On Monday afternoon, several German media outlets claimed that Ajax had agreed to sell Eriksen to Dortmund. The news was initially broken by tabloid Bild, then picked up by Sky News and it snowballed.

The reports suggested that Ajax had finally lined up a replacement for the Danish midfielder, with Netherlands international Adam Maher, 19, moving from local rivals AZ Alkmaar. That story, however, had been initially run by Ruhr football weekly RevierSport, who had picked up the story via Twitter.

"I have read that with amazement," Zorc told Ruhr Nachrichten. The Dortmund paper also suggested that BVB still prefer Kevin de Bruyne, 21, as the replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Mario Gotze.

"It is not in our hands," Zorc added. "The player wants to join us."

Zorc hopes Chelsea, where De Bruyne is under contract until 2017, would be willing to discuss a possible transfer. Bayer Leverkusen, also linked with the Belgian international, have stated that Chelsea want to keep the player themselves next season.

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