Bayern Munich’s president provides a definitive update on Robert Lewandowski’s future.
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer has stated that striker Robert Lewandowski will not be leaving the club this summer and that he expects the Polish superstar to remain at the Allianz Arena for the remainder of his contract – at the very least.
Lewandowski has been the best striker in the world in recent years, scoring 294 goals in 329 games since signing as a free agent with Bayern Munich in 2014. In the last two seasons alone, he has scored 103 goals in only 87 appearances.
In recent weeks the 32-year-old has connected with Chelsea and Manchester City with a new striker on the market this summer for both Premier League clubs. But Hainer says Bayern does not want to leave the former star of Borussia Dortmund.
“First of all, Lewandowski is, I believe, the world’s best striker. We’re so glad we’ve got him in our team,” said Hainer.
“He’s been on his contract for two more years. He will play Bayern Munch, definitely. A few weeks ago, I told him I could imagine that he would stay with us longer. His contract will be honored. He will certainly play in Bayern Munich for the next two seasons.”
Hainer insisted that the reigning Bundesliga Champions would only begin to look for the successor when he is known that he will depart from the club because Bayern is linked to the Dortmund prodigy Erling Haaland as a potential substitute for Robert Lewandowski.
The next summer, with the active release clause, Haaland is available at a €75 million fixed price, but the Norwegian signing will be ferociously contested.
The two cities are very interested in Haaland, with Chelsea ready to offer €175 million (£150 million) in a quitter market in particular. But this week, the player joked: “I hope they’re only rumors, as €175m for one person will be a lot of money.”