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Klopp denies Draxler allegations

Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp has strongly rejected claims the club illegally approached Schalke starlet Julian Draxler.

Schalke chairman Clemens Toennies had been quoted as saying that Dortmund have been attempting to negotiate with Draxler without the permission of the Veltins Arena outfit, however Klopp was quick to refute those suggestions.

He said: “I don’t really understand why Clemens Toennies is taking Bayern Munich’s position again and again saying ‘Dortmund are doing the same, they’re not any better’. Whoever informed him we were secretly negotiating with Julian Draxler told him a lie.
“Before we could have even started trying to approach him, Julian Draxler had ruled out a move to Dortmund. I think that’s cool to be honest if that boy is so clear about things. That’s totally fine. What we were accused of did not happen. But acting like we had approached him is not OK. That was something I got upset with.”

Dortmund have also been linked with a move for Hamburg forward Heung-Min Son, who has netted 11 goals for Thorsten Fink’s side this term, however Klopp refused to be drawn on any speculation.

“Ahead of our last game I spoke about Edin Dzeko. That was not to be misunderstood, and suddenly everyone was going on about myself making a big thing out of the Dzeko thing again. So I am not going to say anything about Son,” he added.

“That we’re looking for new players for next season goes without saying. But there won’t be any further comment until we have signed them.”
Fri 10 May, 2013
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