Lewandowski has a contract with Bayern Munich until the 2022/23 season; the Poland forward has notified the German champions that he does not wish to extend his deal; the 33-year-old is looking out for the best interests of both sides this summer.
After Bayern’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on the final day of the Bundesliga season on Saturday, Lewandowski stated he had requested to leave the club.
“I can confirm that I notified Hasan [Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director] of my choice and will not be extending my contract with FC Bayern,” he told. “Both parties must consider the future. It is ideal to find a solution that benefits both parties.”
“I told [Salihamidzic] that if an offer comes in, we must consider it – for the club as well. Both parties must consider the future. That’s all I can say.
“I still have a year left on my contract [at Bayern]. However, I stated that we must find the optimal answer for both parties. We’ll have to see what transpires.”
After the game, Lewandowski told Viaplay, “It’s pretty conceivable that was my last game for FC Bayern.” I cannot say with certainty, although it is possible. We seek the optimal arrangement for the club and me.”
Lewandowski continues to be our player
Even though he had a year remaining on his contract, Salihamidzic stated that the Bundesliga’s second-leading all-time scorer could leave Bayern despite a year remaining on his deal.
“I conversed with Lewa. During that conversation, he informed me that he does not wish to accept our offer to extend the contract and that we intend to quit the club, Salihamidzic told Sky Germany.
“He indicated a desire to try something else. Our position has not altered, though. He has a contract till June 30, 2023.”
Last month, Oliver Kahn, the chief executive officer of Bayern Munich, told Amazon Prime that Robert Lewandowski would not be leaving the Allianz Arena this summer.
Former Bayern and Germany goalkeeper: “It would be foolish to sell a guy who scores 30 to 40 goals per season.” “We are and will be engaged in discussions over his future in the following weeks. He is under contract until June 2023, so he will be with us for another football season.
Since joining the German champions in 2014, the 33-year-old has scored 344 goals.
Lewandowski has helped Bayern win eight Bundesliga titles and three German Cups in the last eight seasons. The striker was also named the Bundesliga’s leading scorer for the fifth consecutive season.
After joining Borussia Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010, he spent most of his career in Germany.
Lewandowski scores as Bayern draw the final game
Champions Saturday, Bayern surrendered a two-goal lead to finish their season with a 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg.
With Lewandowski in the starting lineup, Bayern immediately assumed control. Josip Stanisic scored the club’s 48th away goal in the 17th minute, setting a new record for the league.
In what could have been his final game for Bayern, Lewandowski increased their lead in the 40th minute with his 35th league goal of the season, as he was again named the Bundesliga’s top scorer.
Jonas Wind equalized for the hosts on the stroke of halftime, and Max Kruse drew them level shortly before the hour mark as Bayern ran out of ideas. A few weeks previously, Julian Nagelsmann’s team won their tenth consecutive league championship.
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