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Lewandowski hints at Bayern friction after Sailihamidzic rules out transfer

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 26 Feb 2022

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Robert Lewandowski hinted at friction with Bayern Munich over his future after the Bundesliga leaders beat Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Leroy Sane struck in the second half to seal a 1-0 victory at the Waldstadion and move the champions nine points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who play Augsburg on Sunday.

It was only the second time in his past nine league appearances that Lewandowski failed to get on the scoresheet, with goalkeeper Kevin Trapp making three saves to deny the striker.

Lewandowski’s form in 2021-22 has nonetheless been exceptional, the Poland star having scored 28 times in just 24 league games along with nine in seven in the Champions League.

There is uncertainty around the 33-year-old’s future, though, with his contract expiring at the end of 2022-23 and no clarity on whether he will extend that deal.

It was put to sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic that Bayern could be tempted to sell Lewandowski should an offer in the region of €50million be made in the next transfer window, but he told Sky: “No, Lewa is of course a very, very important part of our team.

“He is on his way to firing us to titles again, so that’s out of the question.”

He added Bayern would “of course do everything possible” to extend Lewandowski’s contract, but the player himself was left puzzled by the comments.

“I’m hearing that for the first time,” he said, as quoted by Spox.

“I’m calm. I know that, with my experience and at my age, I have to stay calm. It’s important for me to focus on my game.

“I know what football looks like and how everything works. What’s important to me is what happens in the game next week.”

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