Robert Lewandowski joined Bayern Munich on a free transfer in the summer of 2014 and has enjoyed great success with the Bavarian Giants. Lewandowski is currently the fourth on the club’s all-time scoring list with 178 goals and is only four goals behind Thomas Müller!
Now, however, Lewandowski is 30 years old and the question remains — will he still be a part of Bayern’s squad if the club decides to acquire another prominent striker? According to SportBild, Bayern is ready to answer that question with a resounding “Yes!”
The club already wants to extend Lewandowski’s contract two additional years, so it will run through the 2023 season.
One of the primary drivers for the extension is to let Lewandowski know that he is still a part of Munich’s plans, despite the whispers linking Bayern to players like RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic. In addition, Bayern also recently signed Jann-Fiete Arp as a “striker of the future.” All these whispers and the move for Arp could have possibly left Lewandowski looking over his shoulder.
Specifically, the persistent rumors surrounding Werner have reportedly played a key role in Bayern’s decision to offer Lewandowski a contract extension. The move indicates that Werner is not a replacement for Lewandowski, but rather an additional option for the attack.
Last summer, Lewandowski was exploring a move from Bayern, with Real Madrid as the most likely destination. In the end, however, the Pole gained the necessary assurances from Bayern’s front office and worked through all of the lingering issues that the star felt were hampering his experience with the club.
After the summer transfer window officially ended the Pole made his change of heart official. The club has since reciprocated by making Lewandowski one of the inner circle of senior players on the squad. He has even stated that it is certainly an option to end his career at Bayern.
It’s very possible that I’ll stay here [at Bayern] for a long time. I fully identify myself with Bayern. I feel that, since all the rumors and problems are off the table, I am wholehearted with Bayern. 100 percent.
Lewandowski’s rumored extension comes at a time where it has been widely reported that there will be a roster overhaul at Bayern this summer. Arjen Robben and Rafinha have already announced their respective intentions to depart from die Rekordmeister, while it is also very likely that Franck Ribery is also playing his last season with the club.
Given his performance this season, Lewandowski looks as if he still has plenty to offer to Bayern. The question remains, however, will Lewandowski ultimately stay in Bavarian capital if he feels there will be competition for his role in the attack?