Monday 03 June:
Lionel Messi has won the 2013 UEFA Best Player in Europe award. The 25 year-old Barcelona forward put in a string of amazing performances this year, scoring 34 goals in 53 games, including a brace in the Copa del Rey Final. Messi also won the award in 2011 when it was introduced, with Barcelona team mate Andres Iniesta winning in 2012. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the runner-up for the award, whilst Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney completed the top three.
- Sebastian Kehl has rejected a new contract offer and has indicated to the club that he has no interest in discussing a deal at this time, and will leave on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the month. The Dortmund captain has been at the club since 2002.
- Right-back Patrick Owomoyela is reportedly far from happy at Signal Iduna Park and has turned down a contract offer made to him by chairman Reinhard Rauball. Owomoyela only made four appearances in the first-time last season under previous manager Jurgen Klopp, and is said to be considering the options available to him when his contract expires this month.
- It is believed that manager GS is happy for both contracts to expire in a bid to comply with the club’s wage budget.
Dortmund have appointed Wolfsburg’s Uli Mohr as a scout, and the new recruit was tasked by chief scout Norbert Dickel to compile a report on players he has already developed knowledge of. With the left-back position seem by the backroom staff as being potentially weak, Moh recommended 26 year-old Lyon full-back Fabian Monzon.
Borussia Dortmund have appointed Mainz’s Volker Kersting as Head of Youth Development, a new role created when new first-team manager GS joined the club last week. Kersting’s responsibilities will chiefly include finding and making offers for young players for the future, finding new clubs for youth players leaving Dortmund on transfer or on loan, handling of all youth contract offers and renewals, and the recruitment and retention of new academy players.