Football

Riedle: Reus won't leave Dortmund

Europe's biggest and richest clubs will continue to covet Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, but the club's former striker Karl-Heinz Riedle is confident the 25-year-old will stay put.

Last month, Reus (right) signed a contract extension which will keep him at Dortmund until 2019.

It has not quelled rumours that long-time admirers Manchester United are preparing a £50-million ($104.5m) bid for the German attacker.

But Riedle said: "Marco Reus knows what he has at Dortmund, the relationship he has with the fans and the club.

"And he can see what has happened to (former Dortmund striker) Robert Lewandowski, who is, at the moment, not in the (first 11) at Bayern Munich. So maybe it was a wrong move for him."

Riedle, who won two Bundesliga titles and the 1997 Champions League with Dortmund, added that Reus' commitment to a new contract has not only rejuvenated the team, but also returned him to his best.

In recent weeks, Juergen Klopp's side have moved out of the relegation zone and currently sit in 10th place.

But there is no disguising the fact that the back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12 are a distant memory.

Riedle, though, insisted that Klopp is the right man to steer the club back to the top.

The 47-year-old's once glowing reputation has taken a beating following the team's somewhat shocking performances this season.

But Riedle said: "He is a great coach, he was the one who made Dortmund the team they are now. Look at the players he developed who came from (smaller) German clubs... (Ilkay) Gundogan was a good player at Nuremberg, but Juergen made him a big star.

"He took Lukasz Piszczek from Hertha Berlin and made him the best right back in Germany in the last two years.

"You can name them all. Mario Goetze, Reus... He's very good at coaching and building up young players, and his philosophy, how he thinks, is unique.

"Can he be one of the best? For this, you have to win titles.

"He has already won the Bundesliga twice. Abroad, maybe something will come shortly, but you never know.

"At the end of the day, that (winning titles everywhere) is what makes big coaches."

Even though his stay at Dortmund lasted only four seasons, Riedle managed to etch his name in the club's history books by bagging two goals in their triumphant 1997 Champions League final against Italian giants Juventus.

The striker, who won the World Cup with West Germany in 1990, said: "The whole intensity and relationship the club have with its fans are incredible, it's special."