Thursday, 18 August, 2022
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Lewandowski says 'my Bayern story has come to an end'

Robert Lewandowski said Monday that his time with Bayern Munich was over, without specifying his future plans, amid reports that Barcelona have made him an offer.

"Today it is certain that my story with Bayern has come to an end," the Polish star striker told reporters in Warsaw.

"I can't imagine further cooperation, after what has happened over the last few months," he added.

"A transfer will be the best solution. I trust that Bayern won't stop me, just because they can."

With a year left on Lewandowski's contract, Barcelona have reportedly made an offer of 32 million euros ($34.5 million) to sign him.

In an interview with Polish broadcaster Eleven Sports PL, Lewandowski, who turns 34 in August, dropped a teaser about how he would enjoy living in Spain.

"I think it's a really good place -- not just to go on holiday there," he said, adding that he has a house in Mallorca.

Bayern CEO Oliver Khan and director of sports Hasan Salihamidzic have both publically stated the club will not let Lewandowski leave before 2023.

Kahn said Monday that he is disappointed that the star striker has gone public.

"Why Robert chose to take this path, I can't tell you," Kahn told Sport1.

"Such statements in public don't get anyone anywhere.

"Robert was voted world footballer (FIFA best male player) here twice in a row - I think he should know what he has at FC Bayern."

Earlier this month, Lewandowski's agent Pini Zahavi warned Bayern against insisting on him fulfilling his contract.

"Of course they can keep Robert for another year, to be fair he has a contract until 2023, but I wouldn't recommend that to them," Zahavi told German daily Bild.

He added that the issue for Lewandowski is not about extra money.

"He has felt disrespected by those in charge (at Bayern) for months, that's the truth.

"FC Bayern has not lost Lewandowski the player, but Robert the person."

Zahavi said he hopes Bayern's senior figures "will think about it again" and allow Lewandowski the opportunity "to fulfil a lifelong dream and move to the club (Barcelona) he has always dreamed of."

Lewandowski has won every title available since joining Bayern in 2014, including eight Bundesliga trophies for a total of 10 having won two with ex-club Dortmund.

He also won the Champions League with Bayern in 2020.

Lewandowski was top-scorer in the Bundesliga last season for the fifth year running after netting 35 goals in Germany's top flight.

On Monday, Bayern also confirmed the exit of France midfielder Corentin Tolisso whose contract has expired after five years in Munich.