Hearts pay off tax bill

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is not worried by fresh

reports linking Robert Lewandowski with Manchester United.

It has been claimed that the prolific Poland international will

join the Premier League club in a ?12million deal at the end of the

season.

It is suggested the price for the 24-year-old would be

relatively cheap as he would be out of contract the following

summer.

Klopp did not say it would not happen, but feels German football

clubs are now in a much stronger position to resist overtures from

their wealthy Premier League counterparts.

Klopp said: “I’ve no idea (about this). I’m not afraid he is

going to be leaving us.

“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.”

The Bundesliga champions lost Shinji Kagawa to the Old Trafford

club last summer.

Klopp’s immediate priority is a visit from United’s rivals

Manchester City in their final Champions League Group D match.

Dortmund are already through to the knockout stage as group

winners while City are playing only for the consolation prize of a

place in the Europa League.

Despite that, Klopp has no intention of taking it easy on the

visitors at the Westfalenstadion.

He said: “This is a Champions League game.

“When a team is through, there is sometimes a temptation to rest

players but that is not for us. We are going to play with a good

team.

“It will be a high-tempo game and we have got to try to put a

fresh team on the pitch, but obviously there will be changes.”

Dortmund will be without defender Neven Subotic and midfielders

Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender through injury, while Mario Gotze,

Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub Blaszczykowski could also miss out.

The two clubs fought out a pulsating 1-1 draw when they met at

the Etihad Stadium earlier in the campaign.

Both sides had numerous chances in the first half before

Dortmund went ahead in and dominated the second, only to be pegged

back by a late penalty.

Klopp said: “The match at City was surely one of the best ever

for a Borussia Dortmund team.

“We were extremely quick, ran extremely well and were tactically

very strong.

“Normally you win such a game, but that was not the case then.

As it turned out, it didn’t do us much harm.

“I can’t really say how tomorrow’s game will develop because I

have no idea how the (City) team will line up.

“The squad has huge quality, no matter who is playing, but I

also know that the big Manchester derby is coming up this

weekend.

“We will see where their priorities lie. You can’t always play

like we did in Manchester, but, of course, we should try.”

The club were last month hit with a winding-up order over a

?450,000 bill but agreed a deal to pay off Her Majesty’s Revenue

and Customs in two instalments before close of business on

Monday.

The demand was settled after supporters rallied round following

a plea for “emergency backing”.

Hearts have so far raised more than ?600,000 from a share issue

and were close to selling out Tynecastle for home games against St

Mirren and Celtic after warning they might cease to exist by the

end of November.

The imminent threat has been put off but but there is still a

shortfall in revenue for the season that totals ?2million while a

separate ?1.75million tax bill, which the club are challenging in a

tribunal, also hangs over Tynecastle.

That bill centres on a demand for tax for a number players who

joined the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club on loan from Kaunas,

who were also owned by Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir

Romanov.