Bayern Munich chief Oliver Kahn expects Robert Lewandowski to stay amid Barcelona interest
‘The situation hasn’t changed’: Bayern Munich chief Oliver Kahn expects Robert Lewandowski to see the final year of his contract there, despite the striker’s eagerness to transfer £43million to Barcelona
- Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich with interested Barcelona
- Nou Camp club prepares bid of more than £40m for the prolific Polish striker
- But the Bayern hierarchy is adamant that Lewandowski’s contract will expire
- The 33-year-old’s current deal at the Allianz Arena has one more season to go
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn expects Robert Lewandowski to still be at the club next season, despite the striker’s determination to leave.
The Polish international, 33, is excited about a transfer to Barcelona, who are in the process of closing a deal for him.
But Kahn is adamant that Lewandowski will serve out the last year of his contract with the German champions.
Robert Lewandowski is determined to leave Bayern Munich
But Bayern chief Oliver Kahn is adamant that Lewandowski will stay for another season
Speaking at the unveiling of Sadio Mane, who has joined them from Liverpool, he said: “Lewandowski has a contract until 2023 and we expect to see him on the first day of preparation.
‘The situation has not changed. Robert still has a one-year contract with us and we’ll be happy when he joins us on the first day of training.’
It suggests that despite spending £35million on Mane, Bayern have no intention of replacing the Senegal forward as a replacement for Lewandowski.
The prolific Pole scored 50 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last season, taking his tally over eight seasons with the club to 344 goals in 375 appearances.
Kahn introduces new signing Sadio Mane on Wednesday after £35m move from Liverpool
Lewandowski celebrates Poland’s scoring in their recent Nations League game against Belgium
He won his eighth Bundesliga title – alongside the two previously won with Borussia Dortmund – but is determined to take on a new challenge.
Kahn’s harsh words echoed those of Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic last week.
“Our position is clear: Robert has a contract until the summer of 2023,” he said.
When asked about the reports suggesting Barcelona are ready to make a £43m offer for Lewandowski, he added: “I’m not thinking about that. I expect to see Robert train in Sabener Strasse on July 12th.’
He enjoyed another fruitful season at Bayern, scoring half a century of goals
Lewandowski’s time at the Allianz Arena reportedly turned sour last season and he didn’t come face to face with coach Julian Nagelsmann, who tried to instruct him where to stand for crosses.
The Polish captain has already stated that his ‘story is over’ in Munich and that ‘something inside me has died’.
Barcelona, whose financial troubles are well documented, released the money to sign Lewandowski after members voted last week to sell some of their merchandising business and future television revenues.
President Joan Laporta said the deals could raise between £512 million and £598 million.