Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has said that his time with the Bavarians is over, as he seeks an exit away from the Bundesliga champions.
The 33 year-old Polish international who currently has only a year left on his existing deal, is hoping that Bayern Munich will let him leave this summer as he declared his era with the club has come to an end.
Lewandowski said: “My era at Bayern is over. I don’t see any possibility to continue playing for this club anymore. Bayern’s a serious club and I believe they won’t keep me, I don’t want to play there anymore. A transfer is the best solution. I hope they don’t stop me”.
Last month, Bayern CEO and former player Oliver Khan refuted suggestions and reports that Lewandowski would be leaving the club, as he comes closer to entering the final twelve months of his contract. This prompted Barca gaffer Xavi Hernandez to address the situation directly about the forward, who bagged an astonishing 50 goals this season and has surpassed the 40-goal mark in the last seven successive campaigns.
Lewandowski’s latest comments appear to be an attempt from him to force an exit this summer and that would almost certainly prompt Bayern into a weaker negotiating position with a transfer increasingly likely.
Manchester United have been linked with his services but it is said that Barcelona are thought to be the front-runners for Lewa’s signature. Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer has insisted that they would not let him leave before his contract expires in the summer of 2023, but he has urged them to grant his wish.
Lewandowski announced at the end of the 2021/2022 Bundesliga season that he wants to leave the club after spending eight years at Bavaria, amid reports that Barcelona are trying to sign him.