The 33-year-old will be out of a contract at Bayern Munich at the end of the 2022/23 season and the Bavarians have been trying to get him to extend with them.
All reports coming out of Germany indicate that Lewandowski, who recently was crowned as The Best men’s player for 2022 by FIFA, is stalling the talks for reasons best known to him.
There are no indications that Bayern Munich’s second best goalscorer of all time will sign an extension or even sign with another club, leaving all parties involved in a transfer limbo.
Lewandowski has enjoyed a stellar time at Bayern Munich, where he has played since 2014, scoring 356 games in 328 games for the club. He has broken records held by Bavarian icon Gerd Muller to write his name into the club’s history books, while also winning all the trophies he has competed for with Bayern Munich multiple times.
Also, in his time as Bayern’s chief striker, his footballing stock rose and he is now mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of the best players in the world.
Bayern hope that the record breaker can stay longer with them and possibly retire at the club but the striker has previously expressed a desire to experience football outside of Germany, where he has spent all of his professional career since leaving his home country of Poland.
This has led to speculation in the media that Lewandowski is holding off on signing a new contract with Bayern Munich as he is assessing his options. Chelsea are the club who have been mentioned the most as Lewandowski’s potential destination for the past year and half. However, the striker has maintained in his latest statements to the media that he is focused on breaking more records at Bayern and winning more trophies while he is still under contract at the club.
Bayern Munich’s hierarchy are also remaining tight-lipped over the contract negotiations with Lewandowski.
Lewandowski is staying calm and focused on achieving his objectives at Bayern Munich
Lewandowski was asked about his performances and his future after picking up the FIFA Men’s Best Player for 2021 award and he talked about focusing on his task – playing football – taking precedence ahead of every other thing.
“I have to be honest: if you show your performance on the pitch, it doesn’t matter whether you are for team A, B or C. We’re talking about the top European teams. What I’ve shown, what we’ve shown, is among the best,” he said.
“Right now, it’s about staying calm and focused on the matter.
“That’s my top priority, I don’t want to think too much about other things. I’m such an experienced player, I can put everything else aside and focus on my job.”
Lewandowski has scored 23 goals in 19 matches in the Bundesliga and 27 goals in total across all competitions. Last year, he also broke Gerd Muller’s record of most goals in a Bundesliga calendar year. He also matched Cristiano Ronaldo’s best ever goal tally in a year by scoring 69 goals for club and country in 2021, second only to Lionel Messi who has 91.
At 33-years-old, he shows no signs of slowing down and with his statement about remaining focused, he is on course to matching his amazing feats from last year to challenge for the top individual honours again.
Lewandowski also says he can play at the highest level for a while longer, a fact that Bayern understand and will be looking to convince him to sign an extension.
“I’m still getting to know my body. I know myself very well, of course, but if I see that there is still something to be done, then I will do it,” the striker added.
“If I get asked that question again in two or three years, I can probably say more.”