x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Wolfsburg play tough over Dzeko

Dieter Hoeness has reiterated that Edin Dzeko will not be sold for less than €40 million as speculation continues to rise that the forward could leave next month.

Dieter Hoeness, the Wolfsburg sporting director, has reiterated that Edin Dzeko will not be sold for less than €40 million (Dh194m) as speculation continues to rise that the forward could leave next month.

Dzeko, 24, who has been with the club since 2007, has been linked with a number of sides, including Real Madrid and fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.

Hoeness, though, insists that Real have not been in contact and is adamant he will not reduce his valuation of Dzeko.

Said Hoeness: "The price is not a secret - Dzeko is €40 million [Dh194.5m].

"There are many teams interested in Dzeko. We have not received any call from Madrid. I myself met [Real president] Florentino Perez and [director general] Jorge Valdano when I went to the Bernabeu to see Real Madrid-AC Milan and it was never mentioned."

Wolfsburg take on Werder Bremen today.