As the dust settled on the 2017-18 season, Robert Lewandowski’s prolific, trophy-laden four year spell with the German champions seemed to be coming to an end.
“Robert feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” his agent, Pini Zahavi said at the end of May. “Bayern management have been informed of this.”
But a conversation with new coach Niko Kovac appears to have changed the Polish frontman’s mind, or perhaps reminded him that he’s contracted to the club until 2021.
“It’s true that Robert and I had a conversation last week,” Kovac is reported as saying in the latest issue of German publication Sport Bild. “Robert knows how I think about him and what I think of him. The whole club knows the qualities he has.”
Few can compare
Those qualities have been critical to Bayern’s successes in recent seasons, with Lewandowski breaking the 40-goal mark in each of his last three campaigns. But towards the end of last term, the former Borussia Dortmund man drew some criticism from Bayern fans for a perceived lack of effort and a drop in performance, particularly in the Champions League semifinal loss against Real Madrid– the club he was expected to join.
Though Bayern acquired Sandro Wagner in January as Lewandowski’s backup, the 29-year-old is as close to irreplacable as it comes, with very few frontmen able to compare to the Pole, as Kovac acknowledged.