“One thing is certain for today. My story with Bayern Munich has come to an end. After everything that has happened in recent months, I can not imagine further cooperation,” Polish national football team captain Robert Lewandowski said during Monday’s press conference ahead of June’s Nations League matches.
“A transfer will be the best solution. I believe Bayern will not keep me just because they can,” the 34-year-old striker stated. He also added that he does not intend to comment on the matter until it is finalised.
Lewandowski joined the Bavarian club in July 2014. During that time he has won eight German league titles, three domestic cups, five Super Cups and the Champions League in 2019/20.
Lewandowski: “My era at Bayern is over. I don't see any possibility to continue playing for this club anymore” 🚨 #FCBayern
“Bayern’s a serious club and I believe they won’t keep me, I don't want to play there anymore. A transfer is the best solution. I hope they don't stop me”. pic.twitter.com/ieO3q0tEBO
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 30, 2022
The reasons for the transfer
Football: European giants target Robert Lewandowski
The disagreement between FC Bayern and Lewandowski arose in connection with a new contract – while the striker was demanding at least a two-year contract extension and a raise, the Munich club’s owners were only willing to offer him a one-year extension.
According to sports journalist Piotr Wilkowicz, Lewandowski was also supposedly irritated by the fact that Bayern started negotiations with another elite striker, Norwegian Erling Haaland, behind his back.
According to Maciej Iwański from TVP Sport, four of Europe’s leading clubs are fighting for the Polish striker’s signature, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Arsenal.
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