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Jurgen Klopp Plays Down Talk Of Borussia Dortmund Exodus

Coach believes the club will still compete next year.

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Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp believes that the club will still be a force in the Bundesliga and the Champions League next season even if several of their stars head for the exit this summer, Sky Sports reports.

The Westphalen side have already lost Mario Gotze to last weekend’s Champions League victors Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski has also been linked with a move to Bavaria, amongst others.

A number of Dortmund players have been tipped to move on this summer, but Klopp firmly believes that the club will adequately replace anyone who does decide to leave and remain competitive across all competitions.

“I’ve read that we are facing the most difficult season,” he told German newspaper Bild. “This thesis I find absurd. Because we have such a great quality and a strong base.

“There will of course be a few changes – one or the other will leave us. But upheaval is the wrong word, it’s just a change, and we intend to use it to our advantage. I’m pretty positive.

“We want to qualify for the Champions League again. It will not be easy. Leverkusen and Schalke want to take the next step.”

Dortmund have already added Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen to their ranks for next season and Klopp is confident more additions will follow – sooner rather than later.

“I do not want to talk about the number, but we’re working on it,” he added. “I can promise that in the end everything will be fine. Either I’m with Michael Zorc (director of sport) directly together. Over the next few days and weeks it will happen.”

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