It’s crystal clear that Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer and sign the three-year deal with Barcelona that is waiting for him in Spain. However, with one season left on his current deal with the Bundesliga giants, the club insists they will not sell him just because he is looking for a new journey elsewhere.

Per Agence France-Presse:

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told German daily Bild that during a phone call with Lewandowski on Tuesday he “clearly explained our position on his contract situation to him”.

Media reports suggest Barcelona want to pay 32 million euros ($34 million) for the two-time FIFA best male player of the year.

“A contract is a contract,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said recently.

“Where are we going if a player can end a contract early?”

This totally makes sense from Bayern’s point of view, but Lewandowski’s heart isn’t in Munich anymore. He essentially said that senior figures at the club didn’t want to listen to him and it’s something that’s impossible to ignore. This is a huge reason the Pole is keen on departing.

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Lewandowski has conquered just about all he could in Germany, winning every possible title and scoring a ridiculous amount of goals. The striker was the leading goal-getter in each of the last three seasons in the Bundesliga and even broke Gerd Muller’s record in 2020/21 with 41 strikes in a single campaign.

It’s no secret that Bayern will have a very hard time replacing a player of Lewandowski’s caliber, which is exactly why they’re not giving up their desire to keep him. But, it’s clear the relationship is strained and Robert Lewandowski wants no part of their future.