In a recent interview with Polish outlet SportoweFakty, Robert Lewandowski revealed some of the reasons why he decided to switch agents last year, in addition to addressing some other hot topics surrounding the Polish star. He spoke in great detail about his footballing career with Poland and some details about his personal life before explaining the motives behind hiring Pini Zahavi.
When the news broke that Lewandowski was going to be hiring the same agent that brokered Neymar’s record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain, everyone thought for certain that the striker was hell-bent on leaving Bayern Munich for another club. According to the striker, though, that was not the case at all, and that he’s always felt at home with Bayern:
That’s not why I changed the man dealing with my affairs, and in Munich I always felt good. The change of agents was not sudden, it happened about a year and a half ago. It was not until March (2018) that official information appeared in the media.
When he was asked about the interest that multiple clubs showed in him, Lewandowski claimed that he never seriously thought about leaving Bayern. Instead, he used it as an opportunity for leverage to address some of the things he was unhappy with at Bayern:
I never treated it that way. I had many offers from various clubs. When I felt a strange policy, I decided to speak out loud about the proposals I got. I showed that if so many people do not fit in me, then I can leave. I knew, however, that - regardless of what offer appears - the answer will be: “No, no and no”. I did not like a few things related to me in Bayern and I had to explain them.
Having hashed things out with the club’s coaching staff and front office, he admits that he feels that he’s at the right place, despite what the media might’ve suggested when he hired Zahavi. Being at one of the best club’s in Europe, he admitted, is reason enough to be thankful, even if Bayern is less popular than some of the other clubs in Europe:
I feel good here, however, and I can not speak of any disappointment, since I am in one of the largest clubs in the world. Of course, its popularity is so much less in the world, if less German is popular than English or Spanish, but probably no one doubts that the football is of a top class. If I was not happy here, I would have a problem.
Despite a poor run of results in recent weeks, Lewandowski also feels that Bayern are going to shake off their rut and get back on track once the international break is over:
The season is long and when it comes to our condition, we can look even better than in the previous ones. We are able to play at the highest level, although now many things need to be improved. In the Champions League this season we had a defeat at this time. We’ll catch the right rhythm in the club and in the representation.
Lewandowski is also set to make his 100th CAP for Poland when they take on Italy in the UEFA Nations League. Making that many appearances for his country is something that he never thought he’d achieve in his lifetime, and he’s grateful for everything that’s come in his international career:
I never dreamed that I would play so many matches in the squad that I would become the best scorer in the history of Polish national team...It will be a reward for me, because I have not left any group in the team for ten years - sometimes I did not play in a match, but I have always been at the grouping. It is not easy for such a series, I still have joy and I believe that I will have it as long as possible. I had better and worse moments, but it was not that I wanted to give up. I was always ready. I am very grateful to our supporters and teammates - for all these years of support. Thank you very much!