Dortmund swoop for Hertha's Ramos

Borussia Dortmund have completed a deal to sign Hertha Berlin striker Adrian Ramos at the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Colombia international, set to feature for his country at this summer's World Cup, will join Jurgen Klopp's side on 1 July after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. Ramos has been in good form for Hertha this season, his 16 goals placing him third on the Bundesliga scoring charts and contributing to a return of 32 in 89 top-flight appearances for the capital club.

Dortmund will hope his arrival on a four-year deal will plug the hole left by the transfer of Poland striker Robert Lewandowski to great rivals Bayern Munich, which will also go through at the end of the season.

"Adrian Ramos is an excellent footballer and one of the top scorers in Germany," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said on "He fits perfectly with Borussia Dortmund's requirements."

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, has hailed the spirit and determination of his players as they fell just short of completing a memorable Champions League fightback against Real Madrid on Tuesday. Madrid survived a huge scare to progress through to the semi-finals, losing 2-0 on the night but scraping through 3-2 on aggregate.

Dortmund had it all to do after losing the first leg 3-0 in Spain but last season's runners-up looked on course to stay alive in the competition after seeing Madrid winger Angel Di Maria miss an early penalty and then scoring twice through Marco Reus during a first-half onslaught.

A game like this should be conserved, it was unbelievable how well the lads played tonight.
Jurgen Klopp on Dortmund's 2-0 win over Real Madrid

The German side continued to throw everything at Madrid in the second half, hitting the woodwork and going close on a number of other occasions, but they could not find the third goal they needed as Carlo Ancelotti's men held on.

"A game like this should be conserved, it was unbelievable how well the lads played tonight," said Klopp. "You could tell from the off that they wanted to go through. We stuck to our game plan 100 per cent, but unfortunately we were still eliminated. That's how the competition goes.

"We should have scored in the first leg, but we knew we would get a chance. But let me make one thing clear: this game was so good that there is absolutely no one to blame for not qualifying.

"The lads gave their all, and the atmosphere was awesome, too. We have not always made it easy for our fans this season, but today we did. And what we got back from them was extraordinary."

Dortmund defender Mats Hummels was equally enthused by the performance. "This was a night we won't forget anytime soon," he said. "We had a couple of chances for a third goal and came so close to clinching one of the biggest upsets in football.

"In the end, it was just a great night on which we showed what we are capable of. The fans were also phenomenal, it was almost impossible to talk to each other on the pitch in the first half because it was so loud. It was one of best atmospheres I have ever played in."