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Borussia Dortmund's Karim Bellarabi approach rejected by Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Dortmund are told by Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen that midfield target Karim Bellarabi is "not for sale" this summer.

Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has revealed that Borussia Dortmund have failed with a bid to sign midfielder Karim Bellarabi.

The 26-year-old was targeted by Die Borussen as a potential replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is expected to make a switch to Manchester United in the coming weeks.

Reports have linked Dortmund with moves for both Wolfsburg's Andre Schurrle and Leverkusen ace Bellarabi in recent weeks, although their initial approach for the latter was knocked back.

"There was an official request from Dortmund few days ago, but it was instantly rejected," Voller told Bild. "To sell Karim is not an option for us at Leverkusen. He is definitely staying, he is not for sale."

Dortmund face the prospect of losing a number of big names this season, with Mkhitaryan likely to join Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan in departing the club, while squad player Neven Subotic is also seeking a move away this summer.


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Dortmund's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) and Anderlecht's Anthony Vanden Borre vie for the ball during the second leg UEFA Champions League Group D football match on December 9, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund18143145182745
2Bayern Munich18123339192039
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach18113437181936
4RB Leipzig1894531181331
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1893637241330
6Wolfsburg188462824428
7Hertha Berlin187652928127
8Hoffenheim186753326725
9Werder Bremen187472929025
10Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen187382630-424
11Mainz 05186662024-424
12Schalke 04Schalke186392225-321
13Freiburg185672228-621
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf186392134-1321
15Augsburg183692631-515
16Stuttgart1842121438-2414
17Hannover1825111736-1911
18Nuremberg1825111541-2611

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