Why Robert Lewandowski’s farewell to BVB should not be repeated

Does history repeat itself? Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich a year before his contract expires, but the club will not release him. The situation for the Poles was already the same at BVB in 2013. At that time, however, Borussia Dortmund remained firm and right: Lewandowski, despite all fears, never gave up and eventually went to Munich as the celebrated top scorer. In the event of a final Bayern veto, it should not go quite so harmoniously this time.

May 3, 2014 was a very special day for Robert Lewandowski. Even before the Dortmund home game against TSG Hoffenheim started, the striker fought back tears. There were loud ovations, a large bouquet of yellow flowers and a photo collage commemorating four successful years at BVB.

The then 25-year-old did not score a goal in his last home game in the black-yellow jersey. Nevertheless, “Lewandowski” chants resounded through Signal Iduna Park during the team’s honor round.

“My feelings are still very high. It was an incredibly beautiful moment after so many fantastic matches and four good years in BVB,” said a clearly moved Lewandowski after the final whistle.

By this time, his free transfer to Dortmund’s big rivals Bayern Munich had been secure for some time, but it did not damage his image in the long run. Lewandowski headed south with a reputation as a “full-blooded professional,” there was hardly any anger.

Eight years later, the top scorer is again at a crossroads, but the signs are completely different.

Public mud fight in FC Bayern

In the early summer of 2022, the tablecloth between Robert Lewandowski and FC Bayern seems to have finally been cut. Unlike BVB, the background noise surrounding the world footballer’s intentions to change is extreme this time.

Of course, there was also frustration in Dortmund when it became clear that the Munich team, which was not overbearing at the time, had convinced another top player from Borussia to sign after Mario Götze. However, there was never a public mud fight.

A situation that FC Bayern can only dream of at the moment. In the chronically agitated environment of the German industry leader, things are currently particularly high, and the mood is driven by statements from all directions: from club managers, ex-professionals to consultants and Lewandowski himself, all have their two ears to the transfer theater on Säbener Street.

The latest low point was the verbal altercation between Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and Lewandowski agent Pini Zahavi, who wants to force his protégé to switch to FC Barcelona.

“Of course you can keep Robert one more year, to be fair he has a contract until 2023, but I would not recommend it to you. For Robert Lewandowski, FC Bayern is history,” said Zahavi from “Bild”.

Lewandowski apparently wants to leave Bayern Munich

Salihamidzic had previously made serious allegations in “Sport1” “double pass”. Lewandowski has “an adviser who turns his head. It’s just not clean,” poisoned Bosnian Zahavi.

The professional himself had already after the last match of the season in Wolfsburg announced that he did not want to extend the contract and at the same time did not hide his thoughts about leaving. From the official side, Lewandowski was then made clear that a premature separation is not planned. Actually.

What separates Lewandowski’s BVB farewell from his current situation

For if Lewandowski were forced to stay there, it would involve enormous risks for FC Bayern, a repetition of the harmonious separation in Dortmund seems impossible. There are reasons.

On the one hand, there has obviously been a lot of break-up between the player and the club in the last few weeks and months. As impressive as Lewandowski’s performance as a striker in Munich is, his relationship with his bosses has been strained lately.

“He has not felt respected by those responsible for several months, that is the truth. Bayern did not lose the player Lewandowski, but the person Robert,” revealed adviser Zahavi.

The background is said to be that FC Bayern should have tried to get Dortmund striker Erling Haaland before he signed with Manchester City.

Another factor and also a big difference compared to his BVB farewell is Lewandowski’s high football age.

The goalkeeper will be 34 by August, so he does not have much time left for a new adventure in another league. His patience is similarly low, and the top scorer in the Bundesliga can and will of course not wait a year like Borussia.

Ribéry warns FC Bayern

According to consistent reports, Lewandowski now wants to leave, preferably to Barcelona. Whether the new league, the good weather or even the improved chances of winning the Ballon d’Or appeal to him the most is unclear and basically irrelevant to FC Bayern.

Munich’s makers now have to weigh what they prefer: a fee of between 30 and 40 million euros and an end to the latest smear theater or the residence of what may still be the best striker in the world – combined with the risk that this will be in the trutlyng angle retract.

Striking: The superstar has already cut the first connections to the club on Twitter. While there for a long time with the Munich jersey, he now presents a fashion collection under his name.

If Lewandowski’s longtime teammate Franck Ribéry has his will, there can only be one solution. “Bayern is a fantastic club, one of the biggest in the world. But sometimes you want and need a change. That is the case with Robert,” the Frenchman told Polish portal Wirtualna Polska.

It is dangerous to hold him against his will. “A football player who is forced to stay can be frustrated and angry,” Ribéry warned. However, FC Bayern can not afford a Lewandowski who does not give everything (anymore).

The world footballer would probably still score his goals if he was in a sulkule, that is his ambition too big for, but in the background it can put a permanent pressure on the mood of Julian Nagelsmann’s team. After a mixed season, the mood is already anything but tingling, further disturbances around the hanging section can cause it to topple over completely.

Salihamidzic and Co. must at least no longer hope for a repeat of the peaceful Lewandowski farewell from Dortmund in the event that the probate ban is upheld.

Heiko Lütkehus

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