Bayern chief Kahn expects Lewandowski to stay

‘The situation hasn’t changed’: Bayern Munich chief Oliver Kahn expects Robert Lewandowski to see out the final year of his contract there despite striker’s eagerness to seal £43m switch to Barcelona

  • Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich with Barcelona interested
  • Nou Camp club are preparing an offer of over £40m for the prolific Polish striker
  • But Bayern’s hierarchy are adamant Lewandowski will see out his contract
  • 33-year-old’s current deal at the Allianz Arena still has a season left to run  

Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn expects Robert Lewandowski to still be at the club next season despite the striker’s determination to leave.

The Poland international, 33, is keen on a move to Barcelona, who are in the process of putting together a deal for him.

But Kahn is adamant that Lewandowski will see out the final year of his contract with the German champions.

Robert Lewandowski is determined to push through a move away from Bayern Munich 

But Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn is adamant 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 pre-season.

‘The situation hasn’t changed. Robert has a contract with us for another year and we’re happy when he joins us for the first day of training.’

It suggests that despite the outlay of £35million on Mane, Bayern do not intend the Senegal forward to be a replacement for Lewandowski.

The prolific Pole scored 50 goals in 46 matches across all competitions for Bayern last season, taking his total over eight seasons with the club to 344 goals in 375 games.

Kahn introduces new signing Sadio Mane on Wednesday after a £35m move from Liverpool

Lewandowski celebrates scoring for Poland in their recent Nations League game with Belgium

He won his eighth Bundesliga title – to add to the two previously won with Borussia Dortmund – but is determined to take on a new challenge.

Kahn’s tough words echoed those of Bayern’s 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’m expecting to see Robert in training at Sabener Strasse on July 12.’

He enjoyed another prolific season with Bayern, scoring a half-century of goals 

Lewandowski’s time at the Allianz Arena reportedly turned sour last season and he didn’t see eye-to-eye with coach Julian Nagelsmann, who tried to instruct him where to stand for crosses.

The Poland captain has already declared that his ‘story is over’ in Munich and that ‘something died inside me’.

Barcelona, whose financial problems are well documented, freed up the cash to sign Lewandowski after members voted to sell off a portion of their merchandising arm and future television revenues last week.

President Joan Laporta said the deals could raise between £512m and £598m.

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