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Borussia Dortmund say no to Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko

Dzeko will not be leaving for Dortmund. (©GettyImages)
Dzeko will not be leaving for Dortmund. (©GettyImages).

Reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have ruled out a swoop for Manchester City's Edin Dzeko as they search for a replacement for the potentially-outgoing Robert Lewandowski.

Rumours have been circulating that Polish international Lewandowski will not renew his contract, which expires in 2014, as he is holding out for a transfer to Manchester United or Bayern Munich.

And Dzeko, who has a wealth of Bundesliga experience following his three-and-a-half years with Wolfsburg, had been linked with a return to Germany, but Dortmund have denied they will make an offer for the Bosnian.

BVB's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke told German broadcaster Sport 1: "Anyone who really believes that a player from Manchester City would be transferred to Borussia Dortmund hasn't understood the BVB business model. Our motto is to develop young players."

He added: "Either we get a good offer in a timely manner or Robert plays until 2014 for us."

Dzeko won the Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg in 2009 and scored 78 goals in 135 appearances with the club. Since his £27million move to Manchester, the 26-year-old has netted 28 league goals, though a large percentage of his appearances have come from the substitutes' bench.

Dzeko is also his country's highest ever goalscorer, having scored 26 goals in 51 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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