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Bayern boss reveals phone call from Lewandowski

By Rune Gjerulff

Hasan Salihamidzic has revealed he has talked to Robert Lewandowski on the phone about the Polish international's recent public outbursts.

Hasan Salihamidzic.
Hasan Salihamidzic.

Bayern München board member for sport has revealed he has had a phone call with Robert Lewandowski yesterday regarding the Polish international's public desire to leave the German champions.

Most recently, Lewandowski told Polish media outlet Onet Sport that he wants to leave because "something died" inside him.

"Robert Lewandowski called me," Salihamidzic told Bild.

"We talked about his public statements, among other things. I clearly explained our position regarding his contract situation."

The Bayern bosses have repeatedly said they want Lewandowski to fulfill his contract, which expires in 2023, and their position remains the same.

"Herbert Hainer, Oliver Kahn and I have commented on his desire to transfer several times, so I would like to leave it at that," emphasized Salihamidzic.

In a separate interview with Bild published today, Lewandowski once again appealed for the club to let him leave.

Asked if he believes he will depart the club this summer, the 33-year-old said:

"I don't know. I still have a year left on my contract, so I asked the club for permission to leave. I think it's the best solution in this situation, especially since the club can still get a fee for me.

"I would get the chance to take on a new challenge at another club for a few more years. That's my wish. I said from the start we should look for a solution that would be good for both sides. Bayern is one of the biggest clubs in the world, a dream club for many great players.

"I think it's better for Bayern to invest the money they can get for me than to keep me until the end of my contract. I don't want to force anything, that's not the point. It's about finding the best solution," stated the striker, who wants to join FC Barcelona.

In any case, Lewandowski doesn't want to keep addressing his contract situation in public.

"I want this to end. The emotions have to cool down, I want to speak calmly, not through the media. I know that a conflict makes a lot of headlines. But FC Bayern and I are not enemies," he said.

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