New Bayern coach opens up on Robert Lewandowski’s future

New Bayern coach Niko Kovac has admitted Robert Lewandowski ‘toys with going elsewhere’ amid reported interest from Real Madrid in the striker.

Lewandowski has scored 151 goals in four years in Bavaria following his move from rivals Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2014.

He has been regularly linked with moves away from the Allianz Arena in that time with Manchester United one of his previous suitors.

But it is Los Blancos who have been more strongly linked since the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus as they bid to replaced some of the Portuguese’s goals.

And while conceding Lewandowski does think about moving on, Kovac insists the Pole is going nowhere.

"There’s nothing new with Robert, it’s clear that he will not leave this club because we have a top striker and we certainly do not want to relinquish him or give him away," he told Sky Sport Germany.

"We want to achieve a lot with him. He is a great footballer, who has achieved a lot in the Bundesliga, scored many goals and now in the new season certainly will score many goals.

"It’s true that Robert toys with going elsewhere. Only [he has] one thing he likes, the other is what we like to do," the former Eintracht Frankfurt coach said.

"Robert has a contract – I do not know how long – and he will certainly stay as long as possible here."

Dortmund have also been linked with a potential return for Lewandowski, with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitting they would be willing to spend €100million to see the 29-year-old back at the Westfalenstadion.

Bayern take on Man United in their final friendly before taking on DFB Pokal winners, and Kovac’s former club, Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Super Cup.

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