Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Khan Blocks Lewandowski’s Transfer Move. Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn is reluctant to allow Robert Lewandowski to leave the club. The Pole, who is Bayern’s all-time leading goalscorer, told media following his team’s final Bundesliga game of the season last weekend that he will not be renewing his contract and urged the club to consider offers for him.
However, Kahn has responded by telling the forward that any attempt to leave will be blocked.
“We know this alarmism from the past. It’s not something that causes us a headache. We made an offer to his agent. He rejected this offer. That’s his right.
“The fact is: He has a contract and he will fulfil it. We are very clear and consistent about that. That’s the way things are here at Bayern.
“There is no player above the club.” He said.
Lewandowski has won everything there is to win at Bayern, and his words after his team’s 2-2 final-day draw with Wolfsburg, in which the Pole scored his 50th goal of the season, had an air of inevitability. Bayern had previously been named German champions for the tenth time in a row.
“I can confirm that I spoke to [sporting director] Hasan [Salihamidzic] and informed him that the decision was made and that I am not extending my contract with Bayern.
“I said to Salihamidzic that if an offer comes, then we have to think about it — also for the club. “That’s all I can say.”
Salihamidzic acknowledged that the Pole intended to depart, but he kept his comments within the party line.
“Our position has not changed,” he said. “The fact is he has a contract to 30 June, 2023.”
Lothar Matthaus, a club great, also chimed in on the topic, slamming the club’s senior hierarchy for their transfer strategy.
He said: “Bayern should have clearly and unequivocally signalled to Lewandowski a few months ago that they wanted to keep him.
“There is little right [at the club] at the moment. [David] Alaba and [Niklas] Süle have both gone in a very short space of time and to top it off, they also left on frees.
“And if that wasn’t enough, now Lewandowski doesn’t want to stay at Bayern anymore either. No wonder, with all the quarrels, the loss of quality and the obvious courting of [Erling] Haaland.
“He [Lewandowski] is an absolute flagship for Bayern Munich in terms of marketing and image. Which Bayern player has been a World Footballer of the Year [winner] in the last 30 years? None! Now you finally have one and treat him like that.”
Given the uncertainty surrounding Lewandowski’s future, speculations continue to link Bayern with a deal for Liverpool striker Sadio Mane.
However, according to Kicker, Mane’s possible arrival is linked to speculation surrounding Serge Gnabry, whose contract in Bavaria expires next summer.