Dortmund dash Man Utd hopes over Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke is adamant Robert Lewandowski will not be moving abroad this summer having already ruled out a move to domestic rivals Bayern Munich.
The coveted Pole has already stated his desire for a "new challenge" and set his sights on a move to his "dream club" which is widely believed to be Bayern.
Outgoing Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes was so confident that a deal was near that he admitted as much after his side's Champions League triumph, while Lewandowski's agent last month confirmed the player had agreed terms with an unnamed club, again believed to be Bayern.
Dortmund have repeatedly said they will not sell the 24-year-old to their arch rivals having already let Mario Gotze move to the Allianz Arena after Bayern met his £32million release clause.
Watzke has also denied having given Lewandowski his word that he can move with the Pole having just over 12 months remaining on his contract with Dortmund.
A move abroad has long been viewed as the most likely outcome to the standoff with Dortmund seemingly powerless to prevent the Bundesliga's top scorer last season from moving abroad if they received an offer in excess of £20m.
Manchester United have long been seen as Bayern's main rivals for Lewandowski's signature while recent reports have claimed Chelsea and Manchester City are ready to join the chase.
However, Watzke has warned all suitors that the club have no intention of letting Lewandowski go, seemingly comfortable in the knowledge that he will be able to walk away for nothing at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
"Robert will definitely be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season," he told Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. "We need this security to be able to plan (for the season)."
Indeed, reports claim Lewandowski is already resigned to his fate and has agreed to join Bayern on a free once his Dortmund expires in June 2014.
Lewandowski has scored 54 goals in 98 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund and became the first player to score four goals in a semi-final of the Champions League when he single-handedly dismantled Real Madrid last season.
He also set a new Bundesliga record last term after netting in 12 successive league games.