German champions 'not afraid' of losing striker to Manchester United

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Borussia Dortmund Manager Jurgen Klopp insists the club will keep hold of Robert Lewandowski during the January transfer window, despite Manchester United reportedly closing in on a deal for the Polish striker.

Reports at the weekend claimed Manchester United were set to sign Lewandowski at the end of the season, while the 24-year-old is also likely to be in demand in the winter transfer period.

According to the Daily Mail, Lewandowski has told friends of his intention to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, and the striker is set to join the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United in a £12 million deal.

Lewandowski will have a year to run on his current deal when the season ends, but Klopp is confident that the forward will stay with Dortmund beyond the January transfer window at least.

With Borussia Dortmund having established themselves as one of the strongest teams in Europe, Klopp does not expect that a club like Manchester United can bully them in the transfer market.

"I'm not afraid he is going to be leaving us," Klopp said in a press conference ahead of the Champions League meeting with Manchester City.

"Manchester United is one of many clubs that are going to be showing an interest in him.

"But the fact remains the contract is with us.

"The time when there were big, rich English clubs coming to lure German players away - thank God those times are over.

"No, I'm not afraid I'll be losing him and in the second half of the season he'll be with us."

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