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Bayern Munich confirm Lewandowski has asked to leave

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has told the club he will not sign a new contract and wants to leave, Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed today.

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14 May 2022, Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg: Soccer: Bundesliga, VfL Wolfsburg - Bayern Munich, Matchday 34, Volkswagen Arena. Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates with Munich's Dayot Upamecano after his goal to make it 0:2. Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa - IMPORTANT NOTE: In accordance with the requirements of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and the DFB Deutscher Fußball-Bund, it is prohibited to use or have used photographs taken in the stadium and/or of the match in the form of sequence pictures and/or video-like photo series. (Photo by Swen Pförtner/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Robert Lewandowski has asked to leave Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said on Saturday. The record-breaking striker wants a new challenge at the age of 33 after eight years with the Bundesliga giants.

His intentions had been mooted in recent days but have now been confirmed, with Salihamidzic telling Sky television the Poland international has made his position known. In response, Bayern have told Lewandowski he remains under contract until the end of next season. It means there could be months of uncertainty ahead as Lewandowski seeks to leave and Bayern look to convince him his future remains in Munich. Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for the striker, but their head coach Xavi would not be drawn on Lewandowski when he spoke on Saturday.

Salihamidzic explained his conversation with the player, who hit a record 41 goals in last season’s Bundesliga. “He said that he would like to do something else. But our attitude hasn’t changed: Lewa has a contract until June 30, 2023. That’s a fact,” Salihamidzic said. “I spoke to Lewa. In the conversation he told me that he did not want to accept our offer to extend the contract and that he would like to leave the club.”

Salihamidzic declined to entertain the question of what might change to alter the stand-off, saying: “I don’t deal with that because our stance has always been clear.”

Lewandowski hits 50-goal mark in final game

The announcement regarding Lewandowski came in the minutes before kick-off in Bayern’s final game of the season at Wolfsburg. Predictably, he scored in the 40th minute to take his goal tally to the season to 50 across all competitions.

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