Dortmund First Team Manager Gray Surman has spoken openly of his admiration for Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender, older twin to Dortmund’s defensive midfielder Sven. The Express runs with these quotes from Surman:
“We have made initial enquiries into the possibility of signing Lars but nothing is formal at this stage […] Lars should show more ambition and look to move before his career begins to stagnate. Moving to a club like Dortmund would be a perfect move for him.”
A fans’ spokesperson revealed that the fans are “drooling at the prospect,” seeing him as a perfect addition to the squad, before going on to praise Surman’s vision and good judgement to want to bring such a player to the club.
WorldSoccer asked Lars about a potential move:
“Moving to Dortmund could be a possibility in the future. I’ll pay more attention to the speculation when an official bid is made.”
Later in the day, Bender made an official statement stating that although he didn’t wish to leave BayArena, it seemed he might not have much say in the matter. He has made twelve starts for Leverkusen this season, scoring in a Europa League tie. He’s played three times for Germany this season, collecting one man-of-the-match award. The 24 year-old has 16 caps and one goal for his country.
Dortmund are also rumoured to be interested in acquiring the services of Marseille’s Charles Kaboré and Bologna’s Saphir Taïder, but no parties involved have made any announcements regarding either.