Bayern director confirms Robert Lewandowski’s transfer request as part of a possible farewell

Robert Lewandowski could potentially leave Bayern Munich this summer as it has been confirmed that he has submitted a request to leave the Allianz Arena amid interest from Barcelona

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Bayern Munich’s director of football Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed that striker Robert Lewandowski has made a transfer request and intends to leave the club in the summer.

Doubts have been growing about the future of the Pole at Bayern for some time, his contract expires next summer. Spanish giants Barcelona have emerged as the most likely candidates for his services, although a transfer deal seems a long way off.

Nevertheless, ahead of Bayern’s last Bundesliga game against Wolfsburg, Salihamidzic confirmed that Lewandowski had expressed his desire to leave the Allianz Arena but reiterated the club’s opinion that they would not be forced into the sale.

Speaking to Sky Sport Germany, he said: “I spoke to Lewa. He informed me in conversation that he would not accept our offer to extend his contract and would like to leave the club.

“He said he would like to do something different. But our attitude hasn’t changed.

“Lewa has a contract until June 30, 2023. That’s a fact. I don’t bother with that because our stance has always been clear.”

Robert Lewandowski has won eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich. (Photo by Markus Gilliar/GES-Sportfoto via Getty Images)

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Whether Lewandowski actually leaves, he has definitely rounded off the current season in good form. After Josip Stanisic scored the opening goal for the newly crowned German champions, the striker was on hand to put in Thomas Müller’s cross for his 50th goal of the season in what may be his final appearance for Bayern.

In total, he has now scored 344 goals for the German record champions. Despite this impressive milestone, the rest of the afternoon didn’t go quite as Julian Nagelsmann’s men would have liked as Wolfsburg made a comeback two goals down through Jonas Wind and Max Kruse.

Lewandowski’s next destination could well be Spain and the Camp Nou, with Barcelona eyeing a move. However, Catalan boss Xavi declined to comment on their interest in the striker, but hinted his advanced age would not pose a problem should they try to secure his signature ahead of the 2022/23 season.

He said: “I’m not going to talk about Lewandowski now. But I should remind you that I have agreed to sign Dani Alves. All that matters to us is the professional mentality.

“Players like Zlatan, Modric, Ronaldo, Messi… they still play at a high level. Age is not an obstacle.”

Lewandowski has represented Bayern for the last eight seasons, having joined on a free transfer from fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund. He has helped the club to eight Bundesliga titles, three DFB Cup wins and the 2020 Champions League crown.

One of his biggest competitors for the top scorer in German football – Erling Haaland – was meanwhile also in action for his current employer for the last time. He also scored against Hertha BSC before moving to Manchester City.

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