Nine-time Bundesliga champion Robert Lewandowski will definitely remain at Bayern Munich “for another two years”, according to club president Herbert Hainer, who has insisted that the Chelsea-linked striker is not for sale. The star forward was reportedly one of the top targets for Chelsea this summer as Thomas Tuchel looks to mount a serious title challenge next season.
However, Hainer also revealed that Bayern will not be in the running to sign Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland. This comes as a boost to the Blues, who are also keeping tabs on the young Norwegian attacker.
Bayern president Herbert Hainer insists Lewandowski is “not for sale”
While speaking to German website Spox, on Wednesday, Bayern chief Herbert Hainer confirmed Lewandowski will stay put at the Allianz Arena until his current deal expires. The 67-year-old also explained that Lewandowski might opt to extend his stay at the club beyond 2023.
He said, “In my opinion, Lewandowski is the best striker in the world. We are so happy that we have him in our team. He still has two more years on his contract. He will definitely play those with Bayern Munich.”
“I said it already a few weeks ago–I could imagine him staying with us for even longer,” added Hainer. “He will honour his contract. He will definitely play the next two seasons here at Bayern Munich.”
Lewandowski joined Bayern from Dortmund in 2014 and has won seven league titles with the Bavarians. He also helped Bayern to Champions League success in 2020.
At 32, Lewandowski is still showing no signs of slowing down. Last season, the big Pole broke Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga record by scoring 41 league goals in a campaign.
Hainer’s comments about Lewandowski come as a blow to Chelsea, but the Champions League holders have been looking at alternatives to bolster their attack.
Bayern rule out signing Erling Haaland this summer, Chelsea to swoop in for Dortmund star?
While waxing lyrical about Lewandowski, Hainer also confirmed that Bayern will not be looking to sign Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland this summer.
When asked about whether the reigning German champions will aim to make a bid for Haaland, Hainer responded: “No. As I said, Robert will definitely be here for the next two seasons with Bayern. Then we will think to look for a successor.”
This comes as a massive encouragement for Chelsea, who are desperate to land a star striker at Stamford Bridge. The Blues offloaded Olivier Giroud this summer and have been keeping close tabs on Haaland as a potential replacement.
Multiple reports have claimed that Chelsea might have to splurge around £150 million to bring Haaland to west London. However, Haaland also distanced himself from the rumours last week by claiming that he hasn’t spoken with his agent for over a month.
More so, having just won the Champions League, Chelsea will be looking to build on their success under Tuchel. Chelsea finished fourth on the Premier League table last season, after the German took over from Frank Lampard in January, and will be looking to make further progress this season.