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Lewandowski denies reports he could join Mourinho at Fenerbahce

SoccerNews in La Liga 3 Jun 2024

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Robert Lewandowski has denied reports he could join Jose Mourinho at Fenerbahce, also insisting he is not considering retirement as he approaches his 36th birthday.

Lewandowski scored 26 goals in 49 games across all competitions in 2023-24, though that was down on his total of 33 goals as Barcelona won LaLiga in his first season with the club in 2022-23.

With the Blaugrana finishing a distant second to Real Madrid in LaLiga and exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, reports had suggested an attacking refresh could be in the offing.

Lewandowski – who is halfway through a four-year deal with the Catalan giants – was linked with a move to Fenerbahce, who appointed Mourinho as their head coach on Sunday.

However, the Poland international has not heard anything about a transfer, telling Sport: “Fenerbahce have not contacted me. I don’t know anything about it.”

Lewandowski will turn 36 shortly after LaLiga’s 2024-25 campaign commences in mid-August.

He was asked whether he might follow in the footsteps of Toni Kroos, who went out at the top of his game by helping Real Madrid win the Champions League in the final match of his club career on Saturday.

“My heart will tell me that moment. Before making a decision, I must first feel something,” Lewandowski said.

“I don’t know when it will happen, it’s difficult to determine it by myself. I need to hear my decision to be sure of it and now I don’t have it.

“Physically I feel very good and that means I can’t think about retirement. Maybe Toni Kroos felt that moment, but it’s not the case for me. I’m realising that the hard work I’ve done and I’m still doing is paying off.”

Lewandowski will hope Hansi Flick’s arrival at Camp Nou helps him step things up next season, having registered an incredible 83 goals and 18 assists in 71 games under him at Bayern Munich, between November 2019 and June 2021.

The striker also set the Bundesliga’s single-season goal record under Flick, netting 41 times in 29 league matches as they won the title in 2020-21.

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