Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski has conceded he will likely have to stay with the club this summer despite his desire to leave.
The 24-year-old has long been linked with a move to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, but Dortmund have so far rebuffed any approach for the Poland international despite his eagerness to continue his career elsewhere.
However, Bayern director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed earlier this month that the European champions will sign the striker when his contract expires in 2014, and Lewandowski himself has admitted a departure this summer is unlikely.
Speaking after a training session in Bad Ragaz in Switzerland, he told Bild: "I have to accept that I have to stay in Dortmund."
BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was understandably pleased with the striker's comments, adding that the club was never in any doubt as to the integrity of the former Lech Poznan man in spite of his desire to leave.
"That's good. But we never had any doubt as to his good character," Watzke added to Bild.
Lewandowski scored 36 goals in all competitions last season as Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga and reached the final of the Champions League.