‘There was a lot of bulls**t said about me’: Robert Lewandowski hits out at Bayern Munich for lying about his exit to Barcelona after bitter end to his time at the club… and insists he didn’t leave because they tried to sign Erling Haaland
- Robert Lewandowski has hit back at Bayern Munich over reports about his exit
- The Polish striker joined Barcelona this summer after eight years at Bayern
- Reports had suggested he departed due to the club’s interest in Erling Haaland
- Lewandowski says the reports are false and he had a good relationship with club
Former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has hit back at the club for lying about the terms of his departure this summer.
The 33-year-old brought his eight-year stay with the German champions to an end after completing a £42.5million move to Barcelona.
Several reports had suggested the Bayern’s interest in Erling Haaland, who eventually joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, was the driving force in Lewandowski seeking a move away.
Robert Lewandowski joined Barcelona this summer after eight years with Bayern Munich
But the Polish striker says those reports are wide of the mark and he would not have had a problem with Haaland joining the club.
Speaking to ESPN, Lewandowski said: ‘No, that (departure) was nothing to do with Erling. I am the guy who even if something’s not good for me – truth is more important.
‘I don’t want to speak about what happened exactly. But if the question is if the decision to move was because of him, no, I didn’t see the problem if he joined Bayern Munich.
‘But some kind of people doesn’t say to me the truth, say something different,’ he continued. ‘And for me it was always important to be clear, to stay true, and maybe for a few people that was the problem.
The Polish striker says Bayern’s interest in Erling Haaland was not a driving force in his exit
‘And in the end I know that something doesn’t work well with my person as well and I knew that, OK I see and I feel that maybe it’s a good time to move out of Bayern Munich and join Barcelona.
‘I had a very good relationship with my teammates, with the staff, with the coach, and these are all things I’m going to miss because I spent a beautiful time there. And we were not only friends from the pitch but also something more.
‘But in the end this chapter is over and I open a new chapter in my life and a new chapter in my career.’
Lewandowski went on to suggest that Bayern fabricated the ‘bulls**t’ claims to appease fans who were disgruntled with his departure.
But Lewandowski says he had a good relationship with Bayern and the reports are false
‘So I feel that I’m in the right position, right place. So everything that’s happened in the last maybe few weeks before I left Bayern Munich, that was also of course a lot of politics,’ he added.
‘The club tried to find an argument why they can sell me to another club because before it was difficult to explain maybe to the fans. And I had to accept that even though it was a lot of bulls**t a lot of s**t said about me.
‘Not true, but in the end I knew that the fans, even in this period, still support me a lot.’
Lewandowski joined Bayern on a free transfer from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2014. He scored 375 goals in 344 appearances, making him the clubs second all-time goalscorer.