Robert Lewandowski could mark his return to action this weekend when Bayern Munich travel to take on Mainz. He’s been sidelined since the end of March after sustaining a knee injury in Poland’s World Cup qualifying win over Andorra and has missed Bayern’s last six matches across all competitions, including (crucially) both Champions League semi-finals legs against Paris Saint-Germain.
There’s been a decent amount of discussion throughout this season as to who Bayern should be looking to as an eventual top caliber replacement for Lewandowski. As the Bundesliga’s third-top scorer, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has been one of the top names mentioned.
Lewandowski’s current contract at Bayern runs through the end of June 2023, but in a recent interview for GQ, the Polish ace hinted that he would be completely open to a contract extension at Bayern (Az). “I want to play football at the top level for a longer time. My contract with FC Bayern is still two years, but I think you can think about it,” he explained.
The Poland international had previously suggested that he would like to retire in the United States and spend a few seasons playing in MLS, but for now he’s not thinking about that. He feels that he has several years left to perform at a top level and if his current scoring form is any barometer of his own assessment, he could easily play for Bayern for another three or four years, without question. “I haven’t really thought about what will happen in three or four years. But I want to play for at least another five years. Maybe longer if I can,” he said of his future in general.
Throughout his career for both Dortmund and Bayern in the Bundesliga, Lewandowski has not missed a lot of matches through injury. Largely thanks to his wife, Anna, who is a professional nutritionist in addition to Bayern’s coaching and training staff, the striker is in incredible shape, and a four-week spell on the sidelines is a rarity for him.
At this current rate, there’s no reason to suggest he couldn’t play at a top level for “at least another five years.” He’s currently six goals away from breaking Gerd Muller’s single-season scoring record of 40 goals, and he has four Bundesliga matches left to do so, regardless of when Bayern inevitably claims their ninth consecutive Meisterschale.