ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI may play out the final year of his contract with Borussia Dortmund rather than be sold next summer, according to his club.
The Polish striker has been linked with a host of Europe's top clubs, particularly Arsenal and Manchester United, due in part to his current contract situation.
His deal with the reigning Bundesliga champions will expire in the summer of 2014.
It had been expected that he would be sold next summer to allow his club to cash in on the 24-year-old, instead of allowing him to leave for free the following year.
But Dortmund say they are under no obligation to sell the striker.
"It is a simple numbers game. It could make financially more sense to play a good season with Lewandowski instead of selling him and receiving a high transfer fee," Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. "We are under no financial pressure to act on this."
The striker, who has scored nine league goals this season, has been instrumental in Dortmund's back-to-back league titles and improving Champions League fortunes.
Napoli jumped to second place in Serie A thanks to a 1-0 win at lowly Cagliari while fellow title hopefuls Inter Milan suffered a 1-0 defeat at Parma yesterday. Napoli are within two points of leaders Juventus.