‘That was very hard work’ – Robert Lewandowski reveals summer turmoil over Barcelona transfer from Bayern Munich
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI admitted it took a lot of hard work to join Barcelona but he is delighted to have signed.
The striker, 34, has dreamed of playing for Barca and his wish came true after Bayern Munich agreed to a £42.5million sale.
It took a lot of persuading for the German champions to let him go but once a fee was accepted Lewandowski jumped at the chance to sign.
Lewandowski spoke to media on Barcelona’s pre-season tour and reflected on the transfer.
He said: “That was very hard work to join Barcelona but in the end I am here.
“We know we have to work do. We have huge potential in the team, huge quality.
“I am ready to be part of this Club with a great history and to make even more history and win titles.”
The Poland international also said he has had an “amazing” first few days in Miami where he met up with his new team-mates.
Lewandowski seems to be relieved to have joined up the Blaugaruna – as the club’s finances threatened the switch.
Financial fair play restrictions have prevented Barca registering new signings including Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.
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Barca also had debt believed to be around the £1billion mark last year and Lewandowski took a 25 per cent pay cut to join.
Bayern did not want him to go to Barca and manager Julian Nagelsmann questioned how the Spanish giants were able to land the striker.
He said: “Barcelona, the only club that has no money but then… buys every player they want.
“I do not know how [they do it]. It‘s kind of weird, kind of crazy.”
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