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Star striker Robert Lewandowski said on Saturday he will not extend his Bayern Munich contract beyond 2023 and won’t rule out leaving the Bundesliga champions this summer.
Bayern board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the news on Saturday before Bayern’s season-ending 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg, and Lewandowski also made this statement post-match.
Salihamidzic ruled out letting the 33-year-old go this summer, echoing a statement from club president Herbert Hainer amid speculation that Lewandowski could join Barcelona in the off-season.
“I have spoken with Lewa. He told me that he doesn’t want to accept our offer to renew the contract and that he would like to leave the club,” Salihamidzic told Sky TV ahead of Munich’s league season ender at Wolfsburg.
He added that Lewandowski told him “he wants to do something different” in the future but for now “has a contract until summer next year. That’s a fact.”
Asked what must happen to change this view, he insisted: “I am not dealing with this because our attitude was always clear.” But Lewandowski told Sky after the game: “I told him [Salihamidzic] that we have to think about it if there is an offer.
“Best is a solution which suits both sides. Both sides must look ahead at the future. Let’s wait and see what happens.”
Earlier Saturday, the Sport1 portal reported that Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi had reached a verbal agreement with Barca over a summer move with both parties looking into a three-year contract for the striker.
World Footballer of the Year Lewandowski has been at Bayern since 2014 after four years at Borussia Dortmund, has won every title on offer with them and bettered several Bundesliga scoring records.
He became league top scorer a fifth straight year with 35 strikes, also netting on Saturday, and has 312 overall in the league, a mark surpassed only by the late Gerd Müller.
According to Spanish reports it would depend on the transfer fee whether debt-ridden Barca could afford to sign him.
The Sport paper said that Bayern have allegedly lowered their demand to ?35-40 million ($36.4-41.7 million) while Mundo Deportivo said that the fee could rise if other European top clubs would also be interested, maybe making it impossible for Barca to get him.
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