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Written by Martin Graham | April 13, 2022
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has revealed that all reports of Robert Lewandowski’s transfer to Barcelona in the summer are false.
The 33-year-old Poland striker’s contract at the Allianz Arena will expire in 2023, but reports suggest he is looking to exit the German champions earlier than that.
The move to Spain with Barcelona came immediately after news that Lewandowski was looking for another club, and several figures were thrown around the transfer fee Barcelona offered for his services which Bayern Munich will be demanding to give up their star striker.
However, Kahn noted it would be crazy to think otherwise that Lewandowski – who has topped 30 league goals for the third consecutive time and has 48 goals in all competitions for the club – will leave the club this summer.
“We definitely have Robert with us for another season,” Khan told Amazon Prime. “We know what we’ve got in it and we’re comfortable with it. Apparently, there’s a competition out there: ‘Who is going to tell the biggest bullshit story about Robert Lewandowski?”
“The talks will continue. We are not crazy and we are [not] Discuss the transfer of a player who scores between 30 and 40 goals with us every season.”
But reports have prompted the German giants to take the lead in negotiations for a new contract with the player and his agents, Lewandowski.
The latest reports claim that they plan to start these talks in the coming weeks. It is also understood that they will have to give permission to any clubs wishing to open contract talks with Lewandowski, which could be highly unlikely as they are not prepared to lose him.
Bayern out of the Champions League
Meanwhile, Lewandowski’s goal wasn’t enough to help Bayern Munich advance La Liga side Villarreal to the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.
Nigerian striker Samuel Chukwueze scored the winning goal late in the game, Lewandowski’s equalizer in the 52nd minute, to equalize the match as Villarreal stunned Bayern by reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 16 years.
Villarreal coach, Unai Emery, whose European experience was mostly in the UEFA Europa League which he won record four times with Sevilla in 2015, 2015 and 2016 and Villarreal in 2021, trained an outstanding team in defense and attack that was able to withstand Bayern’s attack on two legs .
After a 1-0 win in the first leg at the Yellow Submarine, Estadio De La Ceramica followed up with a controlled 1-1 victory at Bayern’s Allianz Arena to knock the six-time winner out of the tournament.
Lewandowski walks away from the championship with 13 goals to his name, and ruled out a miracle performance from second-placed Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, who has 12 goals, and will win the Champions League Golden Boot for this season.
Martin Graham is a sports writer for the MFF Forum
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn appeared after rumors of Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona were stopped in ‘Football Facts’ for the first time.