Leverkusen determined to keep Toprak

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will not be letting defender Omer Toprak move to Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to their general manager Jonas Boldt.

Boldt confirmed preliminary talks had been held earlier this summer, but that they had concluded and Toprak will be going nowhere.

“It’s been around six weeks that nothing has been said,” Boldt told the Rheinische Post newspaper.

“That means the issue is over. We never wanted to sell him and we’re pleased that he’s staying here.”

Boldt acknowledged it was the player who had asked to enter into negotiations with Dortmund, but the move fell through because their Bundesliga rivals would not match their asking price for the 26-year-old Turkey international.

Now it is too late to reopen negotiations “even if Dortmund come to us with 25million euros”, according to Boldt. “That won’t change anything,” he added.

Toprak joined Leverkusen from Freiburg in 2011 and still has two years left to run on his contract, although he can reportedly leave for a contractually agreed fee of 12million euros next summer.

Press Association Sport

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