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
It is suggested the price for the 24-year-old would be
relatively cheap as he would be out of contract the following
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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