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Bayern Munich must extend Robert Lewandowski and keep him away from Real Madrid

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It’s not just about strengthening Bayern Munich.

FC Bayern Muenchen Celebrate Winning The Bundesliga Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski has a signed contract with Bayern Munich through the summer of 2019. However, that hasn’t stopped all of the speculation about him over the last few months. Is he going to leave Bayern? Not if Karl-Heinz Rummenigge can help it.

“We are always ready to extend contracts prematurely and adjust their conditions to the present situation and market value,” Rummenigge told Bild. There were rumors earlier in the summer that Lewandowski’s representatives were negotiating with Madrid, but those rumors amounted to nothing.

However, Rummenigge acknowledges that Bayern can’t (or won’t) compete with a few clubs in salary. "We won't be able to pay wages similar to those at Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain. We are paying very good salaries, but these clubs pay crazy wages in some cases."

Currently at Bayern, Lewandowski is making around €9 million, and Real Madrid are rumored to be wanting to double his salary to put him at €18 million. He would reportedly make around €15 million with the Bayern extension.

With Real Madrid seemingly the favorite to sign Lewandowski if he were to leave, Bayern can not let Lewandowski depart for the Spanish capital. Few players in the world can replicate what Lewandowski can do on the field, and the amount that Bayern would have to pay would surpass any salary he would receive.

He’ll be 28 years old on August 21. If Lewandowski wants to be one of the highest paid players at Bayern, he deserves it. Give him the money and keep him in Munich.