Borussia Dortmund supremo Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed the club will “invest significantly” in the summer for next season.
The German champions have been dwarfed by the spending of rivals FC Bayern this season – and a move for ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has bolstered the current league-leaders even further. Watzke appeared on Sport1′s “Doppelpass” programme at the weekend and explained that BVB will ”have more money in our hand” for the coming summer transfer window.
Even so, Dortmund will “only spend what they have taken” and will continue to operate within their well-balanced model that Watzke has implemented in the eight years. In defending their championship, Dortmund have missed squad depth and extra options, unlike FC Bayern who have been able to utilise bigger resources in their three competitions this season. Watzke is looking to add “extra depth with more players” to keep the side competing on more than one front next year.
Robert Lewandowski’s future was also a line of questioning for the Dortmund chief executive after the Polish forward struck twice in their 3-1 win over Hannover 96. Lewandowski saw his three-match ban overturned less than 24 hours before kick-off by the DFB after collecting a red card in their defeat to Hamburg SV last month. The striker
“My wishful thinking is that Robert also plays into the next season with us” said Watzke, despite the striker being strongly linked with rivals FC Bayern. His future was set to be concluded this week, according to reports, but BVB have strongly claimed that it will take a “very large offer” for the player to leave the club. Lewandowski’s deal expires at the end of the 2013/14 season.
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