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A matter of years: Bayern Munich is deciding on how long to extend Robert Lewandowski

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The Polish Hitman looks like he is poised for another big season, but how much longer does Bayern Munich think Robert Lewandowski can retain his top form?

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is well-establish as one of the best, most consistent center-forwards in the world. Given his performance in recent years and his insane commitment to physical fitness, Bayern club officials are eager to extend the Polish international’s contract.

Per a report from kicker, however, Bayern Munich and Lewandowski’s camp are having trouble agreeing on just how long that extension should be:

FC Bayern definitely wants to extend its contract with Robert Lewandowski (30). At the beginning of July, it was said that the deal merely had to be signed. However, according to kicker’s information, the duration of the future contract remains at issue is, as it was from the start. Lewandowski’s current contract runs until June 30, 2021, and the scorer would like to extend it for two years, i.e. until 2023. He would then be almost 35 years old. His high salary over such a long period of time requires enormous expenditure (the Pole is one of the top earners), so it is understandable if Bayern’s front office only wants to agree to one additional year. When will a consensus be reached?

There is still plenty of time for both sides to come to an accord. No doubt, Bayern is weighing some of its potential moves and how those might impact the team’s salary structure over the coming years.


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Life comes at you fast in your mid-30s, but Lewandowski is the type of player who will probably be well-equipped to be an important contributor at that point of his career. With the roster in a state of flux — and some huge potential moves still on the table — Bayern is likely in wait-and-see mode.

Once the club has an idea on whether it can sign Manchester City’s Leroy Sané, the front office will be able to assess how that might impact payroll in the coming years. In addition, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is rumored to be strongly interested in a move to Munich and 19-year-old Fiete Arp is already promise already with the Bavarians. The Bayern front office will thus have to examine just how long it wants to commit to Lewandowski as its undisputed starter at center-forward. Given his performance in recent years, it is not inconceivable that Bayern agrees to extend the Poland international until 2023 so he can remain in Munich.

Should things not work out, Lewandowski had previously talked of moving to MLS (specifically Los Angeles) toward the end of his career. Given how well he takes care of himself, he might be able to make that move even if he plays with Bayern until he is 35.