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Lewandowski staying at Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have denied that striker Robert Lewandoski will leave the club to join Manchester United in the summer according to Sporting Life.

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda caused uproar at the Bundesliga champions after claiming £40 million rated Lewandowski would be moving to the Premier League to join United with Jakub Blazczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek also moving on to clubs in Spain.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a keen admirer of 23-year-old Lewandowski and sees him as the ideal man to challenge his current crop of strikers at Old Trafford.

Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has moved to dampen speculation over the trio’s future and insists they will all still be at the club when they return from representing their country at Euro 2012.

“I know Smuda very well and he has a high opinion of us and we have a high opinion of him,” he said.

“We talk a lot and I cannot imagine that he said what he said in the way it was reported.

“I don’t care in any case. I don’t know how often we have got to stress that Robert Lewandowski will certainly be staying with us.

“And ‘Kuba’ (Blaszczykowski) has been here five years and he is happy with what he has got here. I am confident that he will stay.”

Watzke isn’t worried about losing Dortmund’s top players despite seeing Shinji Kagawa sign for United last week for £12 million after two successful years in Germany since arriving from Cerezo Osaka for €350,000.

He admits the 23-year-old Japanese international couldn’t turn down the chance to fulfil a childhood dream of playing for the Red Devils but maintained the situation with the Polish trio is entirely different and they will be at Dortmund next season.

“With respect, Manchester United did come looking for him,” he told the Ruhr Nachrichten.

“He was given the chance to fulfil a childhood dream. But we are not forced to sell anybody for financial reasons.”

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