Dortmund right to keep Lewandowski, Watzke says

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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-
Joachim Watzke has revealed the
club’s healthy finances meant
they did not have to sell Robert
Lewandowski.
The Poland international striker
was frustrated throughout the
close-season as the club denied
him the opportunity to move to
Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
Dortmund look set to lose the 25-
year-old on a free transfer at the
end of the season as he is now in
the final year of his contract.
But last season’s Bundesliga
runners-up decided to hold on to
him in the hope his goals help
them reclaim the league title
from Bayern – and Watzke said
they are happy with their
decision.
“In the end, my conclusion is
that; I do not want to be too
positive but I think that Borussia
Dortmund are well positioned for
the future,” the chief executive
said.
“But we know as well that we are
now in a crucial phase in terms of
our sustainability in the sport.
“That is the only reason we have
not sold Robert Lewandowski. All
of us at the club – (general
manager) Michael Zorc, (manager)
Jurgen Klopp, me, the
management and all other bodies
– were all in agreement, because
we want to bring the best
possible team to the pitch this
year.
“Therefore we had to make
compromises.”

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