Bayern Munich: War of words with Robert Lewandowski continues

After a round of extensive talks and bids, Bayern Munich finally decided to part ways with Robert Lewandowski in mid-July. Barcelona managed to reach the German club’s evaluation of the Polish striker with their fourth bid worth €50 million, including add-ons.

Lewandowski has been eager to seal a move to FC Barcelona since the end of the last season. The Polish striker publicly expressed his desire to bring an end to his stay in Bavaria after the final game of the last Bundesliga campaign. Lewandowski kept pushing for a move by making public comments after Bayern chiefs insisted that the prolific striker would be staying in Bavaria.

Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn was not amused by the comments from Lewandowski. The Polish striker once again made a dig at Die Roten last week. While talking to ESPN, Lewandowski accused Die Roten of making up lies regarding his transfer. He insisted that a transfer away from Bavaria was not due to Bayern’s interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

The recent comments from Lewandowski have not gone down well with the hierarchy at Bayern. The Polish striker returned to Munich at the start of this week to properly say goodbye to his teammates and club staff. While talking to Bild, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic strongly responded to Lewandowski’s comments from last week’s interview with ESPN.

“We will see. I am emotionless. I can not understand what he has said in the past few days. My dad taught me not to shut the door with my butt when I go somewhere. He is well on his way to doing that. That’s why I think we should talk a little.”

It is a real shame that Lewandowski’s time at Bayern is ending on a sour note. The Polish striker has been a top-class forward for eight years. Lewandowski scored consistently during these eight seasons, becoming one of the most prolific forwards in the club’s history.

Fans will be annoyed by the comments made by Lewandowski. Despite his comments, Die Roten managed his exit in the best possible way. The German Champions managed to sort out a departure before the pre-season tour. Moreover, it was not a long-drawn transfer saga that could have frustrated the striker.

Even though he has criticised Bayern in the last couple of months, time will be kind for Lewandowski’s legacy in Bavaria. He helped Die Roten to dominate the Bundesliga and also eventually win the Champions League in 2019/20. The Bavarian faithful will most likely forgive him as time goes on. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if Robert Lewandowski returns to the club in another role in the future.

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Meanwhile, Bayern has started life after Robert Lewandowski in the best possible way. The Bavarian club clinched a thrilling 5-3 win against RB Leipzig in DFL Supercup on Saturday. Sadio Mane started the game as a striker and got himself on the scoresheet. Julian Nagelsmann and the Bavarian faithful will be hoping that a fluid attack will make up for the departure of Lewandowski.