Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has revealed he rejected the advances of Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in order to remain in the Bundesliga.
The Poland international has established himself as one of the most fearsome goalscorers in Europe over the past two seasons, with his four strikes in last term's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid his most iconic performance to date.
Chelsea and Manchester United have both been credited with intense interest in Lewandowski, as have Madrid, although the 25-year-old is expected to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Lewandowski could have, however, secured a transfer to either Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford, with Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson both making respective plays to secure the signature of the forward.
Following Dortmund's destruction of Real Madrid last season, Mourinho contacted the Lewandowski to beg the player to join him at his next club - which was ulimately Chelsea.
Lewandowski, although flattered, did not heed the advice of the new Chelsea boss, but instead opted to remain a Borussia Dortmund player.
"Yes, there was a situation like this with Jose Mourinho but I wouldn't like to talk about it much," Lewandowski told reporters.
"It was a private conversation so I don't want to make big things out of it. I can confirm I spoke to him.
"We spoke a few times before. I have his number in my phone. It is a huge compliment for me that a manager with such a big name is texting me this way.
"It is always nice to talk to him but it is not the first time I had such a situation."
A similar situation had arisen 12 months previous, with then Manchester United manager Ferguson himself making contract with the player. Lewandowski, however, was determined to stay with Dortmund and build on the success of the previous campaign.
"One year earlier I also spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson and that was definitely a great feeling," he added.
"The retirement of Sir Alex didn't affect my decision not to come to England. He spoke to me one year ago. It was not at a good time.
"I knew I still had something big to achieve in Dortmund before I joined a bigger club."
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