By Stefan Doring
Borussia Dortmund chiefs Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc have made it clear that the Bundesliga outfit are determined to hold on to both Marco Reus and Mats Hummels.
The duo have both been linked with summer moves away from Signal Iduna Park, with manager Jurgen Klopp forced to bat away rumours his centre-back could join Manchester United - even saying he would "eat a broomstick" if a move transpired.
And CEO Watzke has backed up his coach's assertion that the German pair will not be sold, and is confident that currently sidelined attacker Reus remains committed to the club's project and is happy to remain in Dortmund.
"Marco is a boy from Dortmund. His feet are on the ground and his heart is in the right place. Despite his success, he decided himself to stay," Watzke said when speaking to Goal after Reus finished 15th in the Goal 50.
"We hope that he becomes an icon in his hometown and that he can look back on many unforgettable moments and titles here at the end of his career.
"He is a world-class player. He is quick, a real goal-threat and possesses great skills. Plus Marco is a leader."
Reus has scored 30 goals in 62 Bundesliga appearances for BVB since leaving Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, but missed the World Cup through injury.
Team-mate Hummels, however, shone in Brazil en route to Germany's fourth title, garnering interest from a host of Europe's top clubs, though he too is committed to Dortmund for the long-term.
"We did not just find out at the World Cup that Mats Hummels is one of the best centre-backs in the world,” sporting director Zorc told Goal while commenting on the player's inclusion in the Goal 50.
“Mats can lead a team, he is superb in building the play and he is a great professional.
“We are happy and also a bit proud that he has decided to commit to BVB for a long time without any conditions."
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