Chelsea and Manchester United hopes on Dortmund star continue to fade

Robert Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski has hinted he won't be leaving the German club this winter.

Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski has spoken to German newspaper Bild and any side that was hoping to sign him when the winter transfer window opens next months will be disappointed.

Lewandowski has been a long term transfer target for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich in Germany but his latest comments suggest he’s fully focused on doing well over the second half of the season for his current employers.

“No, not at all! (Satisfied with season?) Because I was hoping to achieve many more goals already – we have to start training so that we can be even sharper to score more goals. This is also a mental thing,” he told Bild.

Literally through his own admission, the Pole is not happy with the 11 league goals he’s scored in 16 Bundesliga appearances this season.

With Christmas, the winter break and the January transfer window so close, it would be pointless for Lewandowski to talk about his aims for the rest of the season if he was on the verge of leaving the club.

Many will rightly suggest that not a lot seems to have changed. Lewandowski is in the final year of his contract at Dortmund with two options on the table; agree a new contract with the club or move on next summer when the deal expires.

He’s certainly still giving nothing away which is a tribute to him as a professional and the respect he clearly has towards Borussia Dortmund.

“No comments, thanks for the interview,” he said when asked about his potential next club.

The reason his comments are a blow is because there have been reports suggesting that sides were getting ready to move for him next month, possibly in a bid to stop him from joining Bayern Munich, as has been strongly suggested, next summer.

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Earlier this week the Express ran a report suggesting Real Madrid were keen to move for the Pole based on a trend in betting markets which had seen a lot of cash come in for Real Madrid to be the striker’s next club. It was also claimed last month that Jose Mourinho was likely to launch a big bid for him to bring him to Chelsea in January, while Manchester United have been pegged as long-term admirers.

However, his message is clear; he’s looking to score a lot more goals for Borussia Dortmund, which would be a pointless statement to make if he was only planning to stick around for the one more game BVB have before the German winter break.

Bayern Munich are by far and away the favourites to sign him, the question is probably now a matter of whether it will be declared in January when a pre-contract agreement can officially be signed, or out of respect to Dortmund wait at least until the end of the season.

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