Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski admits that the time to join Real Madrid is gone.
There was a sole representative for Bayern Munich at Ballon d’Or this week as Robert Lewandowski finished eighth in the list. For a big club like Bayern, there should be more first-team players in contention for this award.
Lewandowski is expected to finish higher next season due to his splendid performances this season. The Polish striker has been a goal machine for Die Roten in 2019 as he has 27 goals to his name across all competitions.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker has been breaking various goal-scoring records for fun this season. He has been the best forward in Europe this season. Die Roten have been inconsistent, but Lewandowski’s goals have been bailing them out from tricky situations.
During the Ballon d’Or event, Lewandowski told El Chiringuito (via AZ) that he is happy at Bayern Munich and has no plans to join Real Madrid in the future. The Polish forward admits that he is happy in Bavaria as he is playing for one of the top clubs in Europe.
“It’s too late. I am 31. I wanna play a few years longer.”
“I’m very happy at Bayern Munich. If you look at the last ten years, Bayern Munich was playing every year in semifinal, quarterfinal, final, so if you play for one of the best teams in the world, in Europe, it’s difficult to change the team.”
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The 31-year-old striker confirms that Real Madrid tried to sign him six years ago, but a move never materialized. Lewandowski had previously admitted that several Real Madrid players tried to convince him to join them at the Spanish club.
The Polish striker was agitating for a move from Bayern at the end of the 2017/18 season. His agent publicly declared that Lewandowski wants a new adventure. Real Madrid links started to appear, but Bayern were adamant that Lewandowski will not be allowed to leave for any price. There were no concrete offers, and Lewandowski ended up staying in Bavaria.
The constant speculation hardly affected Lewandowski’s performances on the pitch. He ended the 2018/19 season with 40 goals across all competitions. The relationship between Bayern and Lewandowski also improved, which eventually led to a contract renewal for him. This extension meant that the Pole spends his rest of prime years in Bavaria.
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Lewandowski has been criticised for not performing in big games, but he is delivering in those games this season. Bayern will need him to continue his red hot form to end their seven-year Champions League drought. If he leads Die Roten to the Champions League, then he can end up on the podium in Ballon d’Or next year.