Robert Lewandowski confirms he won’t sign a new deal with Bayern Munich as he wants to find the ‘best solution’

Robert Lewandowski confirms he won’t sign a new deal with Bayern Munich as he wants to find the ‘best solution’

Robert Lewandowski confirmed he had informed Bayern Munich that he would not sign a new contract with the club, adding that he wanted to ‘find the best solution for both sides’.

The Polish striker, speaking after Bayern’s last game of the Bundesliga season, a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg, has one year left on his current contract, but there have been widespread reports that he will want to change summer.

“I can confirm that I spoke to Hasan [Salihamidzic, Bayern sporting director] and informed him that the decision had been made – and that I would not extend my contract with FC Bayern,” he said on Sky Germany. “Both sides have to think about the future. It is best if we find the best solution for both sides.

“I said yes [Salihamidzic] that when an offer comes, we have to think about it – also for the club. Both sides have to think about the future. That’s all I can say.

“I still have a year’s contract [left at Bayern]. But I said that we have to find the best solution for both sides. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Salihamidzic suggested they could keep the Bundesliga’s second-highest goalscorer until the end of his contract, although he was told he was keen to leave.

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“I spoke to Lewa. During this conversation, he informed me that he did not want to accept our offer to extend his contract and would like to leave the club,” Salihamidzic told Sky Deutschland.

“He said he wanted to do something different. But our position has not changed. The fact is that he has a contract until June 30, 2023.”

The 33-year-old joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014 and has won the Bundesliga and Champions League every year since then.

Barcelona have been heavily linked as a target for Lewandowski and Barca manager Xavi Hernandez didn’t rule out his chances of signing the striker earlier on Saturday.

“I signed Dani Alves when I was 38,” said Xavi when asked about his attitude towards more experienced signings. “It’s not about age, it’s about performance. The players take so much care of themselves and are becoming more professional every year.

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Luka Modric], Alves… They all performed very well at important clubs. Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi too. Age is not the priority. If they improve us, that’s important.”

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