Striker cools contract row
Robert Lewandowski insists he just wants to focus on football amid reports his agent has rejected Borussia Dortmund's offer of a new contact.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 14/03/12 5:21pm
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski insists he just wants to focus on football amid reports his agent has rejected the club's offer of a new contract.
The 23-year-old former Lech Poznan forward has established himself as a key player at the Signal Iduna Park this season, netting 16 goals in 25 Bundesliga games.
That form has led to speculation the player may be the subject of interest from some of Europe's leading sides in the summer.
Dortmund have responded to those rumours by announcing their intention to offer the player a new deal, despite his current contract still having two years to run.
Earlier this week Lewandowski's agent, Cezary Kucharsky, revealed that he had rejected an initial offer from the club, insisting that his client's good form should be rewarded by becoming one of their highest paid stars.
That merely fuelled speculation of a summer departure but Lewandowski has moved quickly to play down the row, telling Bild: "I know nothing about an offer or the details of an offer. I just know my agent met the bosses of Borussia Dortmund.
"I am really not keen on knowing anything else than the remainder of the Bundesliga season and Euro 2012."
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed talks had taken place between club officials and Kucharsky, but expressed his frustration at the agent for going public with the negotiations.
"It is true, we have offered Robert Lewandowski a contract that has left Mr Kucharsky unhappy," Watzke told Bild.
"I am still to tell Mr Kucharsky face to face that going public with such unhappiness is nothing else but bad style."