Transfer: I didn’t leave Bayern Munich for Barcelona because of Haaland – Lewandowski cries out


Barcelona striker, Robert Lewandowski, has lamented that he did not leave Bayern Munich to join the Blaugrana because of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland.

Lewandowski said this while hitting back at Bayern Munich for reportedly lying about the terms of his departure this summer.

The Poland international brought his eight-year stay with the German Bundesliga champions to an end after completing a £42.5 million move to Barcelona this summer.

Several reports had suggested that Bayern Munich’s interest in Haaland, who eventually joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, was the driving force in Lewandowski seeking a move away.

But the 33-year-old has now said that those reports are wide of the mark, and he would not have had a problem with Haaland joining Bayern.

Speaking to ESPN, Lewandowski said: “No, that (departure) was nothing to do with Erling. I am the guy who, even if something’s not good for me — the truth is more important.

“I don’t want to speak about what exactly happened. But if the question is if the decision to move was because of him, no, I didn’t see the problem if he joined Bayern Munich.

He added, “But some kind of people doesn’t say to me the truth, say something different.

“And for me, it was always important to be clear, to stay true, and maybe for a few people, that was the problem.

“But in the end, this chapter is over and I open a new chapter in my life and a new chapter in my career.”

He added, “So I feel that I’m in the right position, right place. So everything that’s happened in the last maybe few weeks before I left Bayern Munich, that was also, of course, a lot of politics.

“The club tried to find an argument why they could sell me to another club because before it was difficult to explain, maybe to the fans. And I had to accept that even though it was a lot of bulls**t a lot of s— said about me.

“Not true, but in the end, I knew that the fans, even in this period, still support me a lot.”

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