Dortmund and Hoffenheim play down Arsenal sporting director speculation

Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim have played down reports linking their sporting directors with Arsenal.

Both Dortmund's Michael Zorc and Hoffenheim's Alexander Rosen have been mooted as possible targets for Arsenal by reports in the English media.

On Tuesday, the Daily Mirror reported that the duo, along with Marc Overmars of Ajax, were in contention for a move to the Emirates.

Hoffenheim media director Holger Kliem told ESPN FC: "We are aware of the reports and the speculation. But, as always, we won't join in with this speculation."

Rosen, 38, is under contract at Hoffenheim until 2018, and told Bild at the weekend that the league run-in was more important than negotiating a new deal at the club he has been with for eight years.

Zorc, meanwhile, told Bild: "I feel pretty good at Dortmund."

The 54-year-old has been at Dortmund since 1978, first as a player and then as sporting director. His current deal expires in 2019.