Robert Lewandowski has asked to leave Bayern Munich, the club’s director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed.
The 33-year-old has been linked with a summer transfer to Barcelona after yet another incredible season in front of goal.
He struck for the 50th time this campaign in Bayern’s final Bundesliga match away at Wolfsburg – but the game was preceded by a huge revelation about the Poland international’s future.
The club have confirmed Lewandowski wants to leave this summer after eight trophy-laden years at the Allianz Arena.
“I spoke to Lewa,” Salihamidzic told Sky Sport Germany ahead of Bayern’s game with Wolfsburg. “In the conversation he told me that he did not want to accept our offer to extend the contract and that he would like to leave the club.
“He said that he would like to do something else. But our attitude hasn’t changed.
“Lewa has a contract until June 30, 2023. That’s a fact. I don’t deal with that because our stance has always been clear.”
However, with Lewandowski set to reject Bayern’s offer of fresh terms, the German giants risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Barcelona are thought to be interested in signing the Polish superstar and manager Xavi admitted he would not be put off by the striker’s age.
Xavi said: “When it comes to signing, age doesn’t concern me… we signed Dani Alves when he was 38!”
“Players take care of themselves, they’re more professional. (Dani) Alves, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, (Luka) Modric, Cristiano (Ronaldo) or (LIonel) Messi are examples.”
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