Robert Lewandowski insists he has not been distracted by speculation linking him with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid. Lewandowski’s future at the Allianz Arena has been under scrutiny throughout the summer after his agent Pini Zahavi revealed in May his client ‘needs a change and a new challenge in his career.’
Bayern have insisted 29-year-old will not leave this summer but his decision to link up with super-agent Zahavi, who played a key role in Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, suggests something could be in the offing. Real Madrid have long been linked with a move for the former Borussia Dortmund striker while Manchester United have also emerged as an interested party.
Kicker initially reported the Premier League side’s interest in May while The Independent now claim they are considering deals for the striker and his Bayern teammate Thiago Alcantara. A summer of speculation coincided with a particularly poor performance for Lewandowski’s Poland at the World Cup in Russia, where his country failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Lewandowski insists however the uncertainty over his future at club level did not impact his performances.
In an extensive interview with Przeglad Sportowy, he said: ‘I have never had a comfortable situation. I did not think about it [speculation over his future] because I have been playing football for many years and such situations have happened with all my transfers. ‘Whether from Znicz [Pruszków] to Lech or from Lech [Poznan] to Borussia Dortmund, let along from BVB to Bayern. I had time to learn to deal with such situations.’ Lewandowski, who has finished as Bayern’s top goal scorer in each of his four seasons at the club, has also been linked with a move to Chelsea.