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Robert Lewandowski sparkles but his Dortmund future in doubt

Reuters
Apr 25, 2013 at 09:31am IST

Dortmund: Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final on Wednesday as speculation mounted about his future.

The Poland striker opened his account in the first leg against Real Madrid in the eighth minute and added three more in a stellar second half to give his team a 4-1 advantage to take into Tuesday's return leg.

Lewandowski, who has scored in his last 12 league games, took his tally to 21 goals in 19 matches and sharpened the interest of major European clubs eager to sign him.

Lewandowski sparkles but his Dortmund future in doubt

Lewandowski, who has scored in his last 12 league games, took his tally to 21 goals in 19 matches and sharpened the interest of major European clubs eager to sign him.

He has refused to sign a contract extension beyond 2014 but has kept quiet about his plans and Dortmund officials remain optimistic of keeping him.

"Robert has a contract until 2014 and there is no exit clause like with Mario Goetze," said club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke. "It is our explicit wish to keep him until 2014. That is why we are saying no to a transfer fee."

If Lewandowski decided to leave, Dortmund could collect a mutli-million transfer fee as he would move before the end of his contract. The club would be entitled to nothing if he left next year.

Dortmund have already lost one of their key players, Mario Goetze, with Bayern Munich paying 37 million euros for the gifted 20-year-old Germany international.

Speculation has been swirling around central defender Mats Hummels with media reports linking him to a move to Spain.

Lewandowski put Dortmund in the driving seat against Real when he latched on to a Goetze cross. He then picked up a Marco Reus pass, turned and flicked the ball in to showcase the attacking qualities that have made him the Bundesliga's top scorer this season.

He drilled in his third in the 55th minute and added a fourth 11 minutes later with a cool spot-kick.

"This (performance) will definitely go down in history. There are always the same films in the Borusseum. You will see Lewa's four goals there soon," said coach Juergen Klopp.

"It was an unusual game by my team and that third goal was worth every cent the broadcasters paid.

"I do not have the feeling that Robert is on the run and we are not the ones to send him away," he said. "Let's wait and see what happens next."

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