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The Daily Bee (February 24th, 2020): Isak - “Dortmund is the past and is not in my future”

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Does not seem like a return is likely to happen

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  • Matchday 23

Borussia Dortmund actually managed to win a match away from home! A solid performance secured BVB a 2:0 win in Bremen and keeps the black and yellows within striking distance of the top two. Dortmund are improved on defense since subbing in Lukasz Piszczek and Emre Can, both have helped to stabilize the defense which is definitely what the club needed at this time.

Robert Lewandowski saved Bayern Munich once again with his 88th minute winner against SC Paderborn. The Bavarians keep winning but have looked vulnerable on defense in the past few weeks, something that could doom them in the Champions League against Chelsea and possibly even in the title race.

RB Leipzig convincingly beat Schalke 04 5:0 to stay within one point of Bayern Munich. Schalke meanwhile are losing ground on the top 4, BVB’s rivals will need to start winning or even a top 6 finish might be in danger.

Borussia Mönchengladbach was the only top 5 team that did not manage to win their match. Despite multiple chances to win the match TSG Hoffenheim was able to equalize late and steal a point from Gladbach. The Foals still have one match in hand though.

Bayer Leverkusen had no trouble with FC Augsburg and won 2:0. The Werkself are still a threat for a top 4 finish which seems to be the closest it has been in years.

In the relegation zone Fortuna Düsseldorf was the only team of the bottom five that could manage to win their match. Despite their 2:0 win against SC Freiburg they still remain in 16th place.

  • Isak: “Dortmund is the past and is not in my future”

Borussia Dortmund have a 30€ million buy-back clause for their former striker Alexander Isak who is currently on a hot streak for Real Sociedad San Sebastian in La Liga. However it does not look like the Swedish centre forward has any interest in a future return to the black and yellows telling Aftonbladet that “Dortmund is the past and is not in my future”.

This does sound pretty clear and even though BVB have the buy-back clause it does not really matter if the player does not want to return. As of right now this does not seem to matter much for Borussia Dortmund with Erling Haaland scoring goal after goal but it might come back to haunt them if Isak keeps developing.