Robert Lewandowski is not about to leave Bayern Munich. Not this summer, and potentially not even next summer either, should he sign an extension. But that of course leaves ample room for super-agent Pini Zahavi to play his usual game of communicating his client’s alleged frustrations to Bayern scandal-monger extraordinaire, Bild magazine.
In their latest paywalled piece on Lewandowski, Bild asks, “How happy is the World Footballer still in Munich?”
The answer, of course, is “very happy.” Lewandowski in fact would like to extend with Bayern Munich, as Bild eventually reveals toward the end of the same article. But that makes for a boring story and is not very useful in hardball negotiations.
Bild claims that Lewandowski is “thinking a lot about the quality of the squad” after the departure of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng. (Bild says nothing about Dayot Upamecano, though, nor about Bayern’s actual need for a right-back rather than a center-back, but we’ll move on.)
Alas, Bild also notes, “The fact that proper training was hardly possible sometimes during the preseason frustrates the ambitious Pole.” Naturally, Lewandowski could be equally frustrated at another club where he likewise could not train because of international commitments that affect all the best clubs—since he presumably would not transfer to a destination like, say, Arsenal.
The heart of the story, however, concerns Lewandowski’s supposed displeasure over harmless remarks made by Hasan Salihamidzic on the show Doppelpass. Asked about the interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Brazzo said, “Sure, that’s a top player, a super youth, as I hear. You take a look.” He further said, “60 games, 60 goals. You have to take a look; otherwise we’d be total amateurs.”
According to Bild’s information, however, “Lewandowski would like a different signal... He and his agent Pini Zahavi (77) are waiting for an initiative to extend his contract, which expires in 2023.”
Bayern Munich has not yet launched it, naturally enough. Why not? Because there is no need to do so yet, and the club’s sporting director is not, after all, a “total amateur.”
Lewandowski has over a year left on his contract and appears to be at the apex of his prodigious career. No amount of excitement over Haaland (or unsurprising snubs from UEFA) change that fact.
Bayern being Bayern, I will be stunned if the club does not eventually negotiate a solid extension deal with Lewandowski, unless he truly decides, like Thiago and David Alaba, that he would like a new challenge after winning all that can be won with Bayern Munich. In the meantime, tune out the noise.