Robert Lewandowski has pledged his future to Bayern Munich by signing a contract extension on Thursday.
It has been a summer of upheaval at Bayern Munich, but the club is eager to hold on to their key players. The Bundesliga champions released numerous players, signed top players, and most importantly held on to their most consistent players.
Robert Lewandowski is one of these players at Bayern that deliver top performances consistently. The Polish striker is now set to stay in Bavaria for rest of the prime years of his career as he signed a new deal with Die Roten.
Bayern Munich announced the contract renewal of the Polish striker on Thursday. Lewandowski’s new deal will now expire in 2023. He has extended his contract by two years as his previous deal was set to end in 2021. This contract will reportedly make Lewandowski top earner at Bayern along with Philippe Coutinho.
Lewandowski was locked into negotiations with Bayern for this deal since April. After signing the paperwork today, Lewandowski told the club’s website that the squad is destined to achieve great things in future. The former Borussia Dortmund striker also insisted that Bayern is one of the top three clubs in Europe.
“FC Bayern has become my sporting home. Besides, my family and I are happily settled in Munich. I’m convinced we’ll achieve a lot in the next few years.
“Bayern are one of the three biggest clubs in the world, and we have an outstanding team. I’m proud to be part of this club.”
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Bayern got one of the best deals in football’s history when they managed to sign Lewandowski from Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014. The Pole has been a prolific goalscorer for the Bundesliga champions in the last five seasons. He has started this campaign brilliantly by scoring five goals in the first two league games.
This contract extension completes a major turnaround of Lewandowski’s situation in Bavaria over the past 12 months. The 31-year-old striker was agitating for a move away from Bayern last summer. Pini Zahavi publicly declared his client’s wish to leave Die Roten and start a new chapter in his career. Real Madrid was reportedly the club Lewandowski wanted to join last summer.
However, Bayern were in no mood to listen to offers for their number nine. The club always insisted that Lewandowski will not be allowed to leave the club at any cost. Moreover, Real Madrid didn’t make a concrete offer to sign the Polish striker.
Lewandowski was reportedly upset with the lack of backing from the club chiefs during intense public criticism of his performances against Real Madrid in the Champions League. The club chiefs rectified their mistakes and jumped in defense of Lewandowski when Dietmar Hamann criticized him last season.
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Despite his age, Lewandowski is confident that he can play at the top level for four more years. His performances are likely to deteriorate when this contract will be coming to an end. However, it is a no-brainer for Die Roten to hand him a new deal right now to avoid any speculation around his future. Lewandowski is also completely settled in Bavaria now, so there is no doubt that this deal will benefit all parties.