Erling Haaland says he ‘felt sorry’ for Robert Lewandowski when Bayern Munich tried to sign him, believing a move for the Manchester City striker was ‘disrespectful’ to Barcelona’s new marksman

    Erling Haaland says he ‘felt sorry’ for Robert Lewandowski after Bayern Munich tried to sign him as the Pole’s replacement.

    In scenes from a documentary set to be released on the superstar Manchester City signing, it’s shown that Bayern were in the running to take Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

    Lewandowski is undoubtedly one of the best players in Bayern’s history

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    Lewandowski is undoubtedly one of the best players in Bayern’s history

    So he was a little peeved when he found out his club were looking at a replacement

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    So he was a little peeved when he found out his club were looking at a replacement

    A release clause in the striker’s BVB contract meant he was available for a cut-price, essentially giving him his choice of Europe’s elite, with the team from Bavaria in that bracket.

    The interest unsurprisingly annoyed Bayern and the Bundesliga’s all-time second-highest scorer, Lewandowski, who left the side this summer for Barcelona with 344 goals in 375 games, eight league titles, and a European treble.

    The Polish striker had begun agitating for a move away from the Allianz Arena and his agent, Pini Zahavi, confirmed it was in part due to Haaland.

    “Robert is a very intelligent person,” Zahavi told BILD. “Not just the best striker in the world.

    “He knows exactly what is happening around him and what FC Bayern had planned. So Robert knew all along that Bayern wanted to replace him with Haaland.

    “The football world is big, but there are no secrets.”

    Lewandowski ended up forcing through a move to Barca despite their salary troubles

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    Lewandowski ended up forcing through a move to Barca despite their salary troubles

    It certainly wasn’t a secret to Haaland either, who discussed a possible switch between Bundesliga sides during filming for the documentary ‘Haaland: The Big Decision’.

    The 22-year-old showed some empathy for the man he duelled for the Bundesliga’s Golden Boot, saying: “If I try to imagine how Lewandowski thinks…

    “I don’t know how many goals and titles he has for the club. Then I do actually feel a little sorry for him.

    “At the same time it’s a chance for him to take the next step in his career. It feels disrespectful, but at the same time it is an opportunity for him.”

    Haaland had plenty of sympathy for Lewandowski

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    Haaland had plenty of sympathy for Lewandowski

    And there’s still plenty of respect between the two

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    And there’s still plenty of respect between the two

    Haaland’s dad and former Man City player Alf Inge, added: ‘They [Bayern] have shown interest, they have.

    “I understand they want to protect themselves. If he doesn’t end up there they will say ‘it was never on the agenda, we already have the best striker’.”

    It was later shown that there were no hard feelings between the two former Bundesliga hotshots, with a friendly between Barca and Man City in August displaying their admiration.

    The two were seen embracing pre-match at the Camp Nou before a long chat on the pitch.

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