ONESunday morning, Hasan Salihamidzic might have thought he was setting the pace. He had omitted the Lewandowski case in the talk show “Doppelpass”. It seemed to him that it was time to put things in a different light. Most recently, Bayern Munich’s sporting director had to take on most of the criticism because Robert Lewandowski wants to leave, better this summer than next year, if his contract in Munich ends properly.
“Of course he has an adviser,” Salihamidzic said, “who turns his head. He’s turned his head all year, maybe even the entire second half of the season. It just is not clean.” Player agent Pini Zahavi is said to be the driving force in transfer poker for the 33-year-old striker. He was “surprised” by Zahavi’s behavior, Salihamidzic said, reiterating that the Munich-based agent had made an offer to extend the contract. “I can not say what he then said to the player,” Salihamidzic said.
It lasted until late in the evening, after which Salihamidzic’s supposed victory on points went into overtime – and more than ever, a disastrous result in this exchange of blows emerges.
At least Zahavi, 78 and up, backed up to the task. The Israeli even let it be known via BILD that any Bayern fan should better prepare to never be able to see Lewandowski in the Munich jersey again. “FC Bayern is history for Robert Lewandowski,” Zahavi postulated.
Hoeneß labeled Zahavi as a “greedy piranha”
And on his own behalf, when Salihamidzic had blamed him for “carrying internal parts outside”, the defendant defended himself. “In fact, I did not want to make these statements in public because I have great respect for this historic club. But it is impossible for me not to react to Hasan Salihamidzic’s statements. I was chosen as the enemy because David Alaba made the decision to leave the club a year ago, not because I influenced him, but because the people in charge of the negotiations were self-satisfied with him. “
Zahavi, it must be said, is not one of the club’s favorite player advisers in Bayern Munich. In September 2020, as Bayern struggled to extend their contract with their former defense chief Alaba, Uli Hoeneß branded Zahavi as a “greedy piranha”.
The question now is where the truth lies and how the interests will most likely produce a crucial picture. Bayern, it seems, now want to let Lewandowski fiddle, but at least eventually collect a nice crown for the world footballer. The 32 million euros that Lewandowski’s dream club FC Barcelona have allegedly offered should not be enough in this regard. Lewandowski, on the other hand, just wants away, driven by violated vanity and wounded pride.
In this confused case, there have long been statements against statements. Has FC Bayern Lewandowski made a concrete offer for his contract, which runs until 2023?
Yes, says Salihamidzic. “He got it with the term and the amount,” says Bayern’s sporting director.
No, says Zahavi. “There was no such offer.”
The fact is, according to Zahavi, that Lewandowski would like to leave FC Bayern “after eight years together, where he gave the club everything. Now, almost 34 years old, he has the opportunity to fulfill a dream of a lifetime and join the club he has always dreamed of. Why does FC Bayern deny him this opportunity?
Probably due to lack of alternatives and a suitable offer for the goal scorer. At this point, one would think that with a little bargaining power, goodwill and understanding on the part of the Poles, one could persuade a new thinking. But apparently so much went wrong and misunderstood that Lewandowski’s love for Bayern has cooled off and cannot be warmed up again.
Haaland’s role in the Lewandowski case
“For Robert, the matter is very clear: he wants to leave FC Bayern this summer. Nobody cares about the money here, neither Robert nor me. He has not felt respected by those responsible for several months, that is the truth. FC Bayern did not lose player Lewandowski, but the person Robert, said Zahavi.
He illustrated this with a story that is said to have happened in the past year. He traveled to Munich for a meeting with CEO Oliver Kahn, Salihamidzic and squad planner Marco Neppe: “I said to them, ‘What do you think about extending Robert’s contract?’ The answer: silence. No yes, no no, no maybe, just nothing. So towards the end of the meeting, I said, ‘If that’s the case, sell it next summer.’ The answer: ‘We do not actually want to sell him, but if you give us an offer of 120 million euros, then we can talk’. So roughly the amount that a Haaland commitment would have cost in the summer, including all fees.
Erling Haaland, formerly Dortmund’s counterpart to Bayern’s Lewandowski, from now on chasing goals in Manchester City, apparently involuntarily contributed to the house blessing between Lewandowski and Bayern being very wrong. The people of Munich were interested in the 21-year-old Norwegian. Even big, which is not surprising. But Lewandowski obviously felt it was inappropriate, disrespectful to him.
“Robert is a very intelligent person, not only the best striker in the world,” said Zahavi, “he knows exactly what is going on around him and what FC Bayern had planned. So Robert always knew that Bayern would replace him with Haaland Erling’s father even confirmed this and told him in a personal conversation some time ago: ‘My son is coming to FC Bayern for fifty percent.’ The football world is big, but there are no secrets. ”
Despite all this, they continue to insist on the record champions that Lewandowski meet a working paper. “He has a contract until 2023 and he will fulfill it,” CEO Oliver Kahn said just WELT AM SONNTAG.
One thing is for sure: despite the summer break for FC Bayern and Salihamidzic, who was recently whistled by his own fans, the next few weeks will be anything but quiet. “It simply came to our notice then. Now at this point the market is opening up. A lot will happen there, ”said Salihamidzic. It sounds like turbulent weeks and several rounds of transfer poker around Lewandowski. Maybe even after the efforts of love have been forgiven.
In any case, Zahavi recommended Bayern Munich’s “responsible persons and also the Board of Supervisors” to re-enter the case. “Of course you can keep Robert for another year, to be fair he has a contract until 2023,” Zahavi said, “but I would not recommend it to you.” Although he has been in the football business for so many years, Zahavi is said and has experienced a lot “I am surprised by the behavior of the Bayern bosses”.
At least in Manuel Neuer’s case, they created the facts on Monday. The contract with the goalkeeper and team captain is extended by one year until the summer of 2024.