Robert Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s leading scorer, wants to leave Bayern Munich.
Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidžić said on Saturday that the Polish star has rejected the club’s contract extension offer and “would prefer to do something different.”
Lewandowski’s contract with Bayern is set to expire next season, but he has encouraged the club to examine any offers that come in the interim.
“Yes, I have another year on my contract,” Lewandowski said after scoring Bayern’s 35th Bundesliga goal of the season in a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg. “If an offer comes in, we must consider it, both for ourselves and for the club.” Both parties must consider the future. I’m at a loss for words. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Lewandowski has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona, but Salihamidžić said that no contact had been made with the Spanish club and that Bayern was under no obligation to sell.
“Lewa’s contract runs through the summer of next year.” That is true,” Salihamidžić said.
“I’m not concerned about that since our view has always been clear,” he said when asked what would need to happen for Bayern’s stance to alter.
According to Sport1, Lewandowski’s representative, Pini Zahavi, and Barcelona had verbally agreed on a three-year contract, and the club was waiting for Bayern to indicate what transfer amount it may contemplate in order to clinch a deal.
Lewandowski has 312 Bundesliga goals in 384 appearances for Bayern Munich and his previous club Borussia Dortmund.
He is the league’s leading scorer for the sixth consecutive season and the seventh overall. Last season, he smashed the previous record of 41 Bundesliga goals in a season.
Sadio Mané of Liverpool and Saša Kalajdžić of Stuttgart have been mentioned as potential alternatives for the Polish striker at Bayern.