A summer full of speculation resulted in an uncertain future for Robert Lewandowski. In an interview with Sport Bild, the Poland international spoke extensively on his 2017/18 Bayern Munich season, his future in Bavaria and working with Niko Kovač.
Robert Lewandowski on why he wanted to leave Bayern Munich:
“In April and May everyone criticised me. And I felt no protection from the club, I felt alone. I scored no goals in two or three important games and suddenly everyone was saying: ‘Open fire against Lewandowski!’ I did not see anyone who supported me at the time. Neither of the club bosses defended me. I did not feel good in Munich at that moment. Being at Bayern did not fit for me at that time.”
… On his agent’s statement that he wants to leave:
“That was agreed with Pini. At that time, I did not feel well in Munich anymore. All came together at once. I felt I just spent a season at Bayern and had zero credit from the club. That’s why I thought about a move.
“I’m a man, not a machine. I know that I make mistakes. At our game v Man United, I felt a warm welcome and support from the fans, that matters to me the most. I can tell the club is trying to keep me at any cost. I said to myself: I’ll give everything to this club.
“Now, I’m back to Bayern with my heart. I noticed here in Munich how the fans are behind me and I realised that they still want me. I would never go on a strike or mess with the club. I’m not wasting any thoughts about moving away anymore.”
… On extending his agent’s contract:
“Yes, that’s right. But that does not mean that he will sort a transfer out for me. There are many other things that an agent takes care of.”
… On talks with Kovač:
“I had a really good talk with Niko Kovač. He understood what I feel. He told me his ideas about how the team and I should play and I really liked it. Since then, I changed my mind and decided to stay.”