Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has rejected rumors that their leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, may depart at the end of the season as “nonsense.”
Lewandowski scored his 47th goal of the season in Bayern’s 1-1 draw at home against Villarreal on Tuesday, which saw Bayern eliminated from the Champions League following a 2-1 aggregate loss in the quarter-finals.
Lewandowski, who turns 34 in August, is out of contract the next year.
Bayern is taking their time in granting him a contract renewal, fueling speculation that he would depart, with Barcelona being mentioned as one potential destination, which irritates Kahn.
“It seems like there is a competition going on: who can tell the most ridiculous narrative about Robert Lewandowski?” After the club’s Champions League elimination on Tuesday, Kahn exploded.
Kahn says the Bundesliga leaders are “not insane” and are “currently negotiating the transfer of a player who scores between 30 and 40 goals for us every season.”
Kahn is certain that Lewandowski will not depart at the conclusion of this season. “Robert will undoubtedly return for another season.”
Despite Kahn’s insistence that Bayern is “relaxed” about extending the striker’s contract, the club’s inaction keeps the matter alive in the German media.
Last month, Lewandowski expressed astonishment — “I am hearing this for the first time” — after learning that Bayern Munich’s sports director, Hasan Salihamidzic, wanted to extend his contract.
In Munich, the Pole is said to make up to 23 million euros ($25 million) every year.
“He knows what he has in Bayern — and we know what we have in him,” Kahn said, adding that extension discussions are “ongoing.”