Robert Lewandowski has declared that his time at Bayern Munich is “over” and does not believe the club will hold him against his will.
The striker wants to join Barcelona after verbally agreeing a three-year deal, but Bayern insisted he must stay for the final season of his contract.
“My term at Bayern is over. I don’t see any way to continue playing for this club,” Lewandowski told a news conference with Poland ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Wales in the Nations League.
The 33-year-old has been at Bayern Munich since 2014 and hopes to have flexibility in the move. “Bayern are a serious team and I don’t think they will keep me – I don’t want to play there anymore,” he said. “Transfer is the best solution. I hope they won’t stop me.”
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer confirmed two weeks ago that there is no room for maneuver. He told German television station Sport 1: “Robert has a contract until 2023. That is how long he will play with us.”
Noting that Lewandowski joined Bayern on a free transfer after his contract with Borussia Dortmund expired, Hainer said the club was ready to lose him for nothing within a year. “There is no substitute for this world class player,” Hainer said. “He has a contract so I suppose he’s fulfilling it. He has the right not to renew his contract.”
Lewandowski has scored 35 goals in the Bundesliga in 34 matches and 13 goals in 10 Champions League matches this season.
Corentin Tolisso has left Bayern Munich on a free transfer after no agreement was reached on a new contract for the 27-year-old French midfielder.
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