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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 August 2018

Robert Lewandowski 'thinking about playing somewhere else' but Bayern Munich have no plans to sell

Polish striker has been the leading goalscorer for the German champions for three of the past four seasons

Robert Lewandowski is seeking to leave Bayern Munich, according to manager Niko Kovac. AP Photo
Robert Lewandowski is seeking to leave Bayern Munich, according to manager Niko Kovac. AP Photo

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has admitted Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the club, but insisted the German champions have no intention of selling their "top striker".

Poland international Lewandowski has been Bayern's top scorer in three of the last four seasons since joining the club in 2014 and has reached the 40-goal mark in each of the last three campaigns.

His exploits have helped the club extend their domestic dominance, winning four Bundesliga titles in as many years but media reports have claimed Lewandowski, whose contract at Bayern runs until 2021, has been eager to find a new challenge.

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Kovac confirmed that the striker has expressed a desire to move on, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in his services, but Bayern will not entertain any offers.

"There is nothing new with Robert. The status is that he will not leave the club because he's our top striker. And certainly we don't want to give him away and won't give him away," Kovac told Sky Sports.

"It's true that Robert is thinking about playing somewhere else. Naturally, one thing is what he wants, the other is what we want.

"We are FC Bayern, we have a top striker. We certainly will not let ourselves be persuaded from the outside, that's the way to do it. Robert has a contract... he will certainly stay here as long as possible."

Former Eintracht Frankfurt and Croatia manager Kovac also said that he does not expect the transfer situation to hinder Lewandowski in the upcoming campaign.

"He is a professional and knows that he also has something to prove to himself and everyone else. He actually already knows this, but we will say it again, that he will also have to step on the gas," Kovac added.

"He also wants to score goals and be successful. Robert Lewandowski stands for success and goals and he will prove that in the future."

Bayern start their league campaign against Hoffenheim on August 24.

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