Robert Lewandowski stuns Bayern Munich officials by telling them he wants out

Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer.

The Poland striker was top scorer in the Bundesliga as Die Roten romped to the title in 2017-18.

Lewandowski scored 29 times in the league – second top scorer Nils Petersen bagged only 15 – and 41 in all competitions.

The 29-year-old has bagged 151 goals in just 195 games since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014.

But Lewandowski has made clear to club chiefs his desperation for a new challenge, having spent eight years in Germany.

Lewandowski split from long-time agent Cezary Kucharski to team up with Pini Zahavi – who brokered Neymar’s £200million move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer – earlier this year, and has long hinted at a desire to join Real Madrid.

Zahavi told SportBild: "Robert feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career.

"Those responsible at Bayern know about it.

"Robert’s motives are not [about] money or a specific club, because almost all the top clubs would like to have the best striker in the world in their ranks."


Earlier this month Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge urged fans not to worry about Lewandowski departing this summer, given the player’s contract at the Allianz Arena runs until 2021.

But Zahavi is hopeful believes that the Bayern brains trust, of Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeness, will allow Lewandowski to exit.

"Everyone in the club’s leadership of FC Bayern has a great career themselves," added Zahavi. "You should understand his situation."

Bayern would demand big money for their leading marksman, who turns 30 in August.

Lewandowski has made no attempt to hide his desire to play for European champions Real Madrid previously, and would undoubtedly be keen on a move to the Spanish capital.

Manchester United have been mooted as one potential destination, although Romelu Lukaku’s presence and their need to strengthen in other areas would appear to make a move a non-starter.

Chelsea, for whom Alvaro Morata largely flattered to deceive in his debut season, would seemingly represent the Pole’s most likely option were he interested in switching to the Premier League.

Morata is keen to return to Italy, with former club Juventus, but Manchester City could also come into the mix if Sergio Aguero departs in the off-season, offering a potential reunion with Pep Guardiola.

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