Watzke announces rise in Dortmund salary budget

The German giants have revealed they will be able to offer significantly larger wages to players following their lucrative run to the Champions League final last season

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has announced that the club's salary budget will be increased by almost 40 per cent ahead of next season.

The Schwarzgelben relinquished their grip on the Bundesliga title last term, but their run to the Champions League final has funded a significant increase of what they can offer both new and existing players.

There has been plenty of speculation over striker Robert Lewandowski's future with Jurgen Klopp's side, but Watzke's announcement means they may be able to tempt the striker to stay as well as luring some other big names.

"In the coming season, we will have a salary budget of between 67-68 million [around £56.9-57.8 million]. This is certainly much more than two or three years ago," the Dortmund CEO told Welt am Sonntag.

"But compared to other teams in Europe, it is not much. O
ur growth is harmonious, a bridge between revenues and costs."

During the 2012-13 campaign, BVB's salary budget was worth 48.5m [£41.2m] - 13.5m [£11.5m] less than the previous year.