All is not well behind the scenes at Borussia Dortmund, despite their German Super Cup win over rivals Bayern Munich at the weekend.
The match was the first time Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski came up against the team he wants to join, after admitting that his heart already lies at the Allianz Arena.
Dortmund refused to allow the Polish international striker to join Bayern, and are resigned to losing him to the Treble winners for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.
It was a rare instance of a club putting their principles before profit, and practically, having already lost Mario Gotze to Bayern, it did not make sense for Dortmund to sell them another star player.
It will be interesting to see if Lewandowski tries his hardest for Dortmund throughout the season, after they stood in the way of his lucrative move to Bayern.
He owes it to himself, the club’s fans and his team-mates to do his utmost for their cause, and even though he did not score in Dortmund’s weekend win, he played well enough to suggest he will be a model professional in this regard.
However, in an interview with German Sky Sports after the game, Lewandowski made it clear that he remains unimpressed with Dortmund’s decision makers.
In a statement thought to be directed towards Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke, Lewandowski said: “When I am on the pitch, I want to play well and score goals.
“That is the most important thing for me, no matter where I play.”
“I feel fine in the team.
“But with other people I do have a problem. That is a difficult issue.”
Asked to respond by Bild, Watzke said he can understand why the player bears a “grudge” against him, but that he had acted in the best interest of Borussia Dortmund.
“It’s obvious Robert is focused on me, but I need to make decisions for the good of the club,” he said.
“I can accept that Robert bears a small grudge against me.”
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