|Job||BVB Sporting Director|
|Club as Coach||Borussia Dortmund [Sporting Director]|
2017 11 20 Retrieve
[Michael Zorc announces Borussia Dortmund had just lift the suspension of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] He trained well on Friday and Saturday
2018 01 14 Retrieve
[Zorc disillusioned by Aubameyang behaviour amid Arsenal links] At some point you can’t tolerate it [lack of discipline from Aubameyang] anymore. I don’t know what’s going on inside his head. We had a very contentious discussion today. We’re not used to this behaviour from him. It can’t go on like this.
2018 01 15 Retrieve
[Man Utd target Manuel Akanji joins Dortmund in reported €22 million deal] Manuel Akanji has been the target of several top European clubs with his performances and we are happy that he has chosen us. He has proven in the national team and in the Champions League that he can play at the highest European level. Nevertheless, we see him as a defender, who has further development potential
2018 11 28 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is eyeing a move to Spain in the January transfer window] Shinji has a treasury of merits for Borussia Dortmund. It’s clear that his situation currently is very unsatisfying for him. We will sit down after the first half of the season and will have a faithful talk
2018 11 29 Retrieve
[Dortmund respond to Kagawa transfer comments] He is a deserving player and of course we can understand that the situation is unsatisfactory for him and we will certainly talk about it during the winter break if that’s what we want
2019 01 31 Retrieve
[Michael Zorc says Kagawa joins Besiktas on loan] Shinji is not only an outstanding football player, but also a great friend of our club. We did not want to deny him this request
2019 06 18 Retrieve
[Dortmund boss Favre signs contract extension] Lucien has created clear structures and developed our players
2019 09 11 Retrieve
[Dortmund sporting director says Sancho had no intention of joining Man Utd in the summer] A hot topic right now is Sancho and Manchester United. Both his discussions with the club and mine with the consultants. A meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the consultant. But, according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer. But the player also has no intention of taking that step this summer
2019 09 12 Retrieve
[Zorc defends Dortmund’s treatment of Sancho] Jadon is still in the process of growing up and perfect professional behaviour, so he needs guidelines and help, and we’ll give him that. You have no choice - you have to maintain team discipline. You have to act as a club at some point
[You have no choice - you have to maintain team discipline. You have to act as a club at some point] You have no choice - you have to maintain team discipline. You have to act as a club at some point
2019 09 13 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund director refutes ‘crazy’ rift reports] We wondered about this reporting. There is no dissent. We do not set a goal without first talking to the coach. That would be crazy. There is no point to talking about it every time. We should pay attention to what happens on the pitch.
I have already said that I agree [with the target]. As a coach, I always want the maximum. These are facts.
Last season, we played for the championship until the end. That’s what we want this season, too. I do not always have to talk about it; I have to take care of my job
[And the club are set to be boosted by a new contract for Raphael Guerreiro] We have continued talks with him in recent weeks. I am now ready to say that we have a general contract extension agreement until 2023. I’m very optimistic that we can do it
2019 09 27 Retrieve
[An editorial in German outlet Bild on Monday argued that Reus was the wrong man to captain Dortmund, but sporting director Michael Zorc doesn’t appear to be entertaining any doubts over his suitability] We have a healthy hierarchy with him, Lukasz Piszczek with a lot of experience and Axel Witsel with a lot of experience. And of course Mats Hummels, these are the leaders at Borussia Dortmund. There’s absolutely no reason to change that. You can write as much as you want. We have a totally clear position
2019 11 24 Retrieve
[Favre given ultimatum by Zorc] Obviously the topic will be discussed publicly because our situation is more than unsatisfactory. Of course we will analyse that very intensively. But we are going to the match in Barcelona with Lucien Favre and we expect to see a significant increase in performance there. We need a performance. We finally need a good performance on the pitch so you can look forward.
2019 12 08 Retrieve
[Zorc won’t comment on Dortmund interest in Haaland] The player belongs to RB Salzburg, it’s a matter of respect that you do not speak publicly about players from other clubs, and I do not like that. We’re working on that, we still have some time
2020 01 04 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc on the signing of 19-year-old Erling Braut Haaland, adidas Golden Boot award winner at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019] We can all look forward to welcoming an ambitious, athletic and physically strong centre forward who has a nose for goal as well as impressive pace. We want to improve him as a player at Dortmund. At 19 years of age, he is of course still at the beginning of what will hopefully be a glittering career!
2020 01 14 Retrieve
[Zorc says final decision’ on Gotze’s Dortmund future hasn’t been made] That has not yet been decided. It is of course also the case with him that he would like to have more minutes. We are talking to Mario. I spoke to his father before Christmas. I spoke to him again in Marbella. We will surely get together in the spring and then make a final decision
[Another player linked with a move from Dortmund is Achraf Hakimi, who has impressed on loan at the club from Real Madrid] I always like to stick to facts. According to the contract, he will return to Real Madrid in the summer because his contract will take effect on July 1
Our contacts are himself and Real. Of course we would like to see him with us longer, that’s clear too. But we cannot influence it alone. I think Achraf knows very well what development he has taken with us. He just took is from us, not anywhere else.
According to his own statement, he also feels very comfortable. Everything else will clear up in the spring
2020 02 12 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund’s Hakimi returns to Madrid for birth of first child] Achraf Hakimi is now the father of a son and we plan for him to be back from Madrid tomorrow
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[Michael Zorc says English clubs won’t risk big-money Sancho move] There is no new stance. It is currently the case that no club will risk anything by making a big-money move - even in England! I can’t and don’t want to lean too far out of the window with predictions because the situation is currently changing every day. We’ll see what happens. We have a long-term contract with Jadon Sancho [until 2022]. Nothing will change now. We are totally relaxed in that regard. I understand the inquiries, but such topics are not the top priority at the moment
The dominant questions that concern us at the moment are rather: How do we go on? When do we play again? It would be of paramount importance for all of us that the season be able to finish. Especially given that the proposals and protocols put forward in order for the league to safely resume are viewed positively by many experts
2020 04 28 Retrieve
[England winger Jadon Sancho remains a priority, given his youth and pace, but striking a deal with Borussia Dortmund won’t be easy] There is no new situation. Currently no club will risk anything in making a big-money move - not even in England. We have a long-term contract with Jadon Sancho and that is why we are totally relaxed
2020 05 14 Retrieve
[A Revierderby without fans is a painful reality that Borussia Dortmund and Schalke followers must accept] A Revierderby without fans makes your heart bleed. We will need a high level of personal motivation on Saturday without the supporters there. Everyone should watch the game at home, that’s very important for the restart
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[How the Bundesliga became USMNT players’ league of choice] Our ambition is to compete for the Bundesliga and regularly make the latter stages of the Champions League. If you look at the big boys we’re up against – Bayern, the top teams in England and Spain, Paris Saint-Germain – they each start the season roughly a quarter of a billion Euros ahead of us. We need to have a different approach. It would be naive to think that finances don’t have any influence on what happens on the pitch. That’s why we like working with young players who are at a level we can afford and generate money that we can use to close the gap somehow.
2020 05 22 Retrieve
[Sporting director Michael Zorc on Gotze] He is a fantastic player - that’s why we tried so hard for him and finally signed him for BVB. I have not seen many players with his potential, but of course he can still get better
2020 05 23 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund exit confirmed for Gotze as Zorc hints at World Cup winner leaving Germany] I have had a very good conversation with Mario in the past few days. We have agreed that we will not continue our cooperation after the season. I think that is in the best interests of both parties. Mario is a really good boy and I think this season he will still be important to us
[Zorc expects that to happen outside of Germany, with Gotze being tipped to spread his wings] He is a very good player who comes from our own youth system. But it is also in his spirit that he is looking for a new job. Maybe abroad
2020 05 24 Retrieve
[Zorc said of Hummels, who spent three seasons at Bayern before returning to Dortmund] I spoke briefly to the doctor. Mats has a complaint with his achilles tendon. He has had this from training for a long time. But we hope that he can play again on Tuesday
2020 05 25 Retrieve
[Dortmund meanwhile looked initially as though they would be without former Bayern defender Hummels for the clash with the Bundesliga champions, as sporting director Michael Zorc seemed pessimistic after their win over Wolfsburg] I spoke briefly to the doctor. Mats has a complaint with his achilles tendon. He has had this from training for a long time. But we hope that he can play again on Tuesday
2020 05 25b Retrieve
[Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says Haaland and Emre Can have helped transform Borussia Dortmund since last Bayern Munich defeat] I can back Lucien 100 per cent on this. It’s a crucial factor that we added two winners in Erling Haaland and Emre Can. Furthermore, there is big difference in our performances between home and away matches. We beat them at home last year, we beat them in the Super Cup. We are all looking forward to this match, as does the whole of German football
First and second place in the league table are facing off. Emotionally it is a different match, just like it was in the derby against Schalke. When you play without fans it’s going to be determined by the values we showed on the pitch in the previous two games. The team has been right on point. Obviously, you don’t have to be a prophet when you say: If we want to keep competing for the title, we have to win the match. It’s as simple as that. There are only six more matches to play after that. It’s easy to say, difficult to achieve, since Bayern are an exceptional side.
2020 05 26 Retrieve
[Sporting director Michael Zorc believes these Erling Haaland and Emre Can can be the difference with Borussia Dortmund focusing their attention solely on the Bundesliga] Furthermore, there is a big difference in our performances between home and away matches. We beat them at home last year, we beat them in the Super Cup. Obviously, you don’t have to be a prophet when you say: If we want to keep competing for the title, we have to win the match. It’s as simple as that. There are only six more matches to play after that. It’s easy to say, difficult to achieve, since Bayern are an exceptional side. We are all looking forward to this match, as does the whole of German football.
2020 06 04 Retrieve
[Dortmund sporting director Zorc concedes Bundesliga title is decided] I think we said it all during the previous week after the match against Bayern. From our point of view, the title has been decided. We don’t believe Bayern will slip, they are just too good, one has to admit that. We are currently second and would very much like to finish there
[Erling Haaland could potentially be missing from the side once more] He started to work out with the team for 40 minutes today. He will be with us tomorrow and we will see. He did not do much since he was slightly injured. We will see.
2020 06 04b Retrieve
[Borussia director Zorc says Sancho has not flown to England during lockdown] To our knowledge Jadon has been in Dortmund for weeks. I even read that we have put him into a two-week long quarantine and faked an injury. I can only say that is completely wrong. Jadon has had a calf injury for weeks, which is why he could not participate in training
[On what he said to Sancho regarding the haircut] We have spoken to both the hairdresser and the player. Both have ensured us that the measures of hygiene have been respected at all times. They even wore a protection shield and gloves, which were only taken off for the picture. Obviously this is not right. We have made that clear once again to the players. In this special situation that we are all in due to Covid-19 it is not just the duty of the coaches to keep an eye on discipline. The whole club needs to do that, this includes the board. We have spoken to the players in the past. Also with Jadon. We must not forget Jadon is still a very young player, testing his boundaries. I don’t think I’m accused of protecting him all the time, as I have sanctioned him when there have been misconducts from his side
I think it’s splendid that the DFB president who sits at the very top wonders about this matter, is flexible and takes current events into consideration. I don’t know in what terms you can look at what the guys did as a political message. It was about humanity, justice and a clear message against racism. How many campaigns have we done together with DFB on this matter? Maybe it’s about time to put away the criticism which Jadon Sancho often receives, as he was one of the first who have actually made a stand and showed a clear sign against racism in the match against Paderborn
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Michael Zorc when asked about Jadon Sancho’s case] I can only warn against permanently attaching it to a single player. Others have had their hair cut too. With Sancho, it is simply the case that he is not only noticeable on but also outside the pitch. Sometimes this is not easy for us. We try to do that and work with him and his management on it. Giving up is not an option for us
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[Dortmund teen sensation Youssoufa Moukoko won’t be rushed into first-team] The framework conditions for professional appearances by absolute exceptional players of this age has been created, but we are not putting any pressure on him at all. We do well not to raise expectations of Youssoufa too high
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund want to keep on-loan Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi for another season] The contractual situation is clear, he will return to Real Madrid for the time being. We will still try to get him to play with us next season, but it is too early to discuss that now.
2020 06 13 Retrieve
[Roman Burki will get his wish] We have finally agreed and will also sign the contract in the next few days. I am very happy about the fact we have Roman Burki in the team for more years to come
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Dortmund aiming to re-sign Hakimi while 15-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko set for first team] The coach and I talked this week about the fact that we want to integrate him into our team, that he immediately learns to train and play with adults. As a result of the rule change, he can be used in the Bundesliga from November when he turns 16. We are very interested in involving the boys from the youth area with us. Of course, we know that we want to be at the top of the Bundesliga, that we want to do well in the Champions League. That means it’s a big leap from the U-19s to the Bundesliga
2020 06 25b Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund reveal Gio Reyna contract plan as they seek to keep U.S. teen sensation long term] Lucien and I very much agree about Gio Reyna and are in good discussions with him. When he turns 18, we want to keep him with BVB as long as possible. We will continue this success story.
[Zorc added on another promising teenager] Youssoufa Moukoko should be integrated into the professional squad as soon as possible. He will soon train with the pros
[Speculation regarding another big-money move for Haaland continues to rage] Erling’s goal-scoring could not be expected, but at best hoped for. We’re glad that we were able to integrate him so quickly. He’s also far from the end of his development
2020 06 26 Retrieve
[Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund, who he guided to consecutive Bundesliga crowns and a Champions League final, were also happy to pass on their congratulations, with sporting director Michael Zorc comparing him to boxing legend Muhammad Ali] Congratulations, Jurgen! You are the greatest. It’s not for nothing that I have been calling you the Muhammad Ali of football for years
2020 06 27 Retrieve
[Zorc said that his side are looking to work out a deal with his parent club, but admits they have limitations when it comes to fighting for the full-back] We know what we can and cannot do in the Hakimi case. We are in close contact with Real Madrid. He’s still our player for a few days
2020 06 27b Retrieve
[Dortmund give up on Real Madrid’s Hakimi to leave door open for €40m Inter switch] There have been developments only this week. The price is much higher now. And there is a point where we have to say: we do not want this and we cannot do this. His deal with Dortmund is ending. But we’re interested in finding a solution with Real again and find a solution where he will be back playing at BVB next season