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, who has agreed to a new five-year-deal with the Veltins Arena outfit, without their permission, 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."
Klopp also said he will not be resting his key players ahead of the Champions League final on May 25.
With Bayern Munich already crowned Bundesliga champions and BVB assured of a second-placed finish, there would appear to be little to play for in the final two league games of the season.
But with Dortmund's date at Wembley lingering on the horizon, Klopp is determined to ensure his players are in tip-top condition going into that game.
"We have 65 points in the league so far and we will finish in second," he said.
"If we did not have such an important game at the end of the season our training regime would be different.
"This way round, it means training as normal. This is important and the training is based on the demands of that final game."