Robert Lewandowski will definitely not leave Bayern Munich in the next two years, according to German champion president Herbert Hainer.
The prolific striker was crowned Germany’s 2021 Footballer of the Year last week after scoring 41 Bundesliga goals to break Gerd Muller’s record in a single season.
His 48 goals in all competitions were the most scored by any player in the top five European leagues in 2020-21, followed by Kylian Mbappe (42) and Erling Haaland (41).
Lewandowski has scored 294 goals in 329 overall appearances for Bayern since joining national rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2014, including 203 in 219 league games.
But the 32-year-old has been linked to a move away from the Allianz Arena in this transfer window, with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City reportedly interested in striking a deal.
However, new boss Julian Nagelsmann recently said he is not bothered by the speculation and President Hainer reiterated that Lewandowski will not go anywhere while under contract until 2023.
“Firstly, in my opinion, Lewandowski is the best striker in the world. We are so happy to have him on our team, “he told Goal.
“He still has a two-year contract. He will definitely play those with Bayern Munch. I said it a few weeks ago, I figured he would stay with us even longer.
“He will honor his contract. He will certainly play the next two seasons here at Bayern Munich ”.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland was previously touted as a possible replacement for Lewandowski, but Bayern are not currently in the market for a new striker.
“As I said, Robert will definitely be here for the next two seasons with Bayern. So we will look for a successor, “said Hainer.
Joshua Kimmich is another valued Bayern player who has two years to execute his existing contract, while Manchester United-linked Leon Goretzka will become a free agent at the end of 2021-22.
Both players returned to training this week after receiving an extended hiatus following their Euro 2020 efforts and talks on new terms will soon begin.
“As you know, they went on vacation after the European championship,” said Hainer. “They went back to training yesterday.
“We now have time to talk to them. And we hope that within next week we will find agreements with them ”.
Bayern play their third pre-season friendly on Wednesday with a home game against Bundesliga mate Borussia Monchengladbach.
Nagelsmann’s men will then face Napoli before starting the 2021-22 season with a DFB-Pokal draw against lower league opposition Bremer SV on 6 August.