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Nagelsmann: Lewandowski implies he wants to stay and participate more

Fri 15 April 2022 | 17:26

Bayern Munich have rebuffed selling Robert Lewandowski, who is expected to stay in the Bavarian club according to Julian Nagelsmann.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann feels Robert Lewandowski's approach toward his profession at

Bayern Munich

creates the impression he intends to stay put. 

For the third successive season, Lewandowski is the best scorer among players in Europe's top five leagues, scoring 47 goals in all competitions in 2021-22, following 48 goals in 2020-21 and 55 goals in 2019-20. 

In Europe, he is the only player to have netted at least 40 goals in each of the last seven seasons. 

However, the 33-year-Bayern old's Munich contract expires in a year, and he has been rumored to transfer away from the club, most notably to

LaLig

's Barcelona.

The Bundesliga club have stated that Lewandowski will not be transferred, but if a new deal is not agreed upon by 2023, he will be allowed to go on a free transfer, denying the Bundesliga giants a large price. 

However, based on their chats, Nagelsmann does not believe Lewandowski wishes to leave the German champions. 

"Of course I would like to keep him, he is an important goalscorer," Nagelsmann said ahead of Sunday's game at Arminia Bielefeld. "He has a contract. There are conversations.

"I never got the impression that he wants to leave. We talk a lot about tactics, and he participates a lot. That implies for me that he wants to stay.

"But it's also quite normal to think about your future, especially when you've been with the club for so long."

Nagelsmann said on Friday, three days after Bayern was ousted from the

Champions League

after a 2-2 stalemate with Villarreal in the quarter-finals. 

The financial consequences of failing to reach the quarterfinals in successive seasons will be felt, but Nagelsmann believes Bayern will continue to invest in order to return to Europe's top level.

"It's always a vicious circle," he said. "The squad changes, you lose regular players; on the other hand, the income is missing because you don't get that far.

"Of course, we don't have the money we would have made from the semi-finals.

"You have to decide: do you take a risk, how much do you invest? If you do not take risks, the probability of reaching a semi-final is lower, then again the money is missing. It's always a balancing act."

But now the focus must be on winning the

Bundesliga

championship, according to Nagelsmann, as Bayern want to move on from the Villarreal encounter when Lucas Hernandez and Kingsley Coman suffered muscle injuries that render them doubtful for the match against Arminia. 

"There's a bit of dreariness. We won't have the opportunity to play such games again until a year from now," he said. "We have a year to think about it.

"But we now have a mission: ideally win the next two games to become champions. You have to turn that dreariness into vigour."

There's also the possibility of another Lewandowski record, as he just needs a single goal to become the all-time Bundesliga away scorer; he has 17 so far this season, tied with Jupp Heynckes in 1973-74 and Timo Werner in 2019-20. 

In a 4-1 Bayern Munich victory over Arminia in October 2020, Lewandowski scored twice and assisted on another.

 


source: SportMob

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