Robert Lewandowski says goodbye to Bayern Munich pals and axed from club photos with Barcelona transfer exit confirmed
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI has said farewell to his Bayern Munich team-mates and manager Julian Nagelsmann ahead of his move to Barcelona.
The two clubs have agreed a £42.5million fee for Lewandowski, 33, which could rise by a further £5m.
Lewandowski is set to pen a three-year deal before flying out for Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the US.
The quick turnaround means Lewandowski will not be able to say a proper goodbye to Bayern – but he was spotted embracing Nagelsmann before leaving the training ground.
The Poland international was also able to say goodbye to his team-mates – some of whom he has played with for eight years.
Touching on his exit, Lewandowski told Sky Germany: “I will come back and say a proper goodbye to all the employees. I didn’t have much time to prepare for it.
“These eight years were special and you don’t forget that. I had a great time in Munich.
“I will fly soon, but after the training camp I will come back and say goodbye properly and organise a few more things.
“I said goodbye to the guys on the pitch today. I wasn’t worried about an injury in training. Something can happen to me at home. Wanted to keep fit and trained with the boys again.”
Lewandowski was also left out of the squad photo for the 2022-23 campaign as Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn confirmed to BILD that there is a verbal agreement in place for Lewandowski to leave, though the contracts still need to be signed.
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Club president Herbert Hainer also thanked the striker for his service since signing in 2013, with Lewandowski scoring 344 goals in 375 games for the club.
Hainer said: “Robert is a very deserving player, he has won everything with us. We are incredibly grateful to him.”
Lewandowski’s sale also looks set to pave the way for Bayern to sign Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt in a £76m deal.
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