United fail with Metzelder bid
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Borussia Dortmund defender has revealed that both the English and Spanish champions attempted to lure him away from the Westfalen Stadium over the weekend.
Bids of é¼18 million were believed to have been lodged by both clubs and Dortmund, who are rumoured to be struggling financially, informed Metzelder about the offers.
However, the 22-year-old Dortmund skipper confirmed that he intended to remain in The Ruhr.
"Concrete offers from Madrid and Manchester United were presented to me," confirmed Metzelder.
"But both the club and I immediately blocked them."
The stylish defender, capped 16 times by his country, admitted he was flattered by the attention of two of the world's biggest clubs.
"Naturally it was an honour to receive these enquiries from the two clubs for me, but a change is not applicable to me at this time," he continued.
Metzelder is currently still sidelined after undergoing ankle surgery five months ago, but he is now back in light training.
"I have not played for five months and I am captain of this team and I am not about to leave," he said.
"I took on the responsibility and I want these rumours about me moving to stop so that I can prepare."
Both Real and United moved for Metzelder after Dortmund lost to Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifiers and failed to make the group stages.
The exit from Europe's elite tournament cost the team é¼10 million at least, but general manager Michael Meier stated that this would not have any consequence until next season anyway.
"We do not have a financial problem, that really is not the case," said Meier.
"The failure against Brugge was estimated at about é¼10 million, but that will not become apparent until next year."
The club's director of sport Michael Zorc stated their intention to keep Metzelder.
"Christoph is one of the corner-stones of the team, we are planning long term with him," said Zorc.
It remains to be seen whether either Real or United will come back in for the German when the transfer deadline opens again in January, although they and any other bidders are likely to wait until after the European Championships next summer - by which time Metzelder might be ready to move on.