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Dortmund fight to keep Utd target Lewandowski

ESPN staff
April 2, 2013
Robert Lewandowski's free-scoring ways have caught to eye of Europe's big guns © PA Photos

Borussia Dortmund players are working overtime to persuade star striker Robert Lewandowski to snub the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich and remain at the club.

Lewandowski is one of the hottest striking properties in Europe and has been on United's radar for some time. Dortmund's Bundesliga rivals Bayern are also hot on the Poland international's trail and bids may well be made in the summer.

By the summer, Lewandowski may have a Champions League medal in his trophy cabinet as Dortmund face Malaga in the quarter-finals this week.

Win or lose in Europe, Borussia keeper Roman Weidenfeller is convinced Dortmund is the best place for Lewandowski to flourish.

"Of course we joke around when we are in different cities in Europe," Weidenfeller is quoted as saying in the Sun. "We make jokes about his next destination but we're just joking. Honestly, we would like to keep him here.

"Lewandowski is not only technical, he's also very quick and has a feeling for goals, so whenever there's a chance he senses it. Every club would be happy to have a player like him.

"The best place for Lewandowski is here in Dortmund and we hope to keep him. He grew to become a big player here and he belongs to this team.

"That's what makes him so strong and such a strong asset to the team. He should stay because we work as a team and he is such a big part."

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