Bayer Leverkusen reject claim Karim Bellarabi wants Dortmund move

Bayer Leverkusen have dismissed reports that Karim Bellarabi wants to join Borussia Dortmund as "nonsense."

Dortmund have been linked with Bellarabi for some time and, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to join Manchester United, are reported to have stepped up their efforts to sign the 26-year-old winger.

BVB are reported to have bid €36 million for the Germany international and local outlet DerWesten said on Monday that he wants to make the switch this summer "by all means."

Addressing the DerWesten report, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller told kicker: "Whoever says that Karim Bellarabi wants to leave Leverkusen talks nonsense. It is a lie.

"After all the talks we've held with Karim, I am totally convinced he wants to stay, and there is not the slightest doubt about it. Karim feels well here, and there is no desire to switch clubs."

In a second interview, published by German tabloid Bild, Voller said that the relationship with Dortmund has not been damaged by Borussia's recent attempts to sign Bellarabi and centre-back Omer Toprak.

"We signed Kevin Kampl from Dortmund last year; they signed Gonzalo Castro from us," Voller said. "We will always meet on the transfer market. That won't change the good relationship between the clubs."