Per the latest edition of Bild, Robert Lewandowski has told Julian Nagelsmann that he is 100% committed to playing for Bayern Munich this season, but he’s not ready to rule out a potential move away next summer. The club had already made it clear that they would not entertain the idea of selling Lewandowski this summer, but there were suitors including Chelsea FC, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
Reportedly, Nagelsmann met one-on-one with Lewandowski to assure that he was fully focused and committed to Bayern for the upcoming season. Lewandowski only just returned to Sabener Strasse from his post Euro 2020 holiday after his excursions with the Polish national team at the tournament, where they didn’t progress out of the group stages. With Nagelsmann coming in to replace Hansi Flick, there were question marks over whether or not Lewandowski would be more intrigued to explore his options elsewhere, but the conversation the two had with one another solidified the commitment from Bayern’s number 9, at least for now.
The current wage structure at Bayern is running into a handful of roadblocks with players that are in the midst of contract negotiations. Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, and Niklas Sule are all trying to sort out new deals with upcoming expiring contracts. Lewandowski’s current contract with Bayern expires in June, 2023, so next year will be the last year on his contract and a crucial point in him deciding whether or not he’ll want to really explore his options if he doesn’t want to sign a new deal with Bayern.
There will certainly be a bevvy of suitors for the Polish ace come next year, knowing that he’ll be entering the final year of his contract. If Manchester City follow through with their pursuit of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, they would presumably be ruled off the list of Lewandowski suitors, but Paris Saint-Germain could very well make a strong push for him. This could also depend on Erling Haaland’s status at Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern has made it clear that they do see him as a potential long term replacement for Lewandowski, but he hasn’t made any indication that he would like to move to Bayern at any point in the future. His contract with Dortmund expires in June, 2024, so in that respect, there is more time for him to figure out what he wants with his future.