“I scored 41 goals in one season…not you!”
- Robert Lewandowski reportedly fell out with his Bayern Munich boss this season
- Julian Nagelsman had rowed with the Polish striker on his tactical positioning
- The Polish star replied that he scored 41 goals and didn’t need any advice
- Lewandowksi has been linked with Barcelona and stressed he wants an exit
Robert Lewandowski has reportedly rowed with his Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann over his tactical instructions in training this season – with the star striker angered by the coach telling him what positions to take.
Lewandowski’s eight-year stint at the Allianz Arena looks all but certain to end this summer after the Poland captain said his “story is over” at Munich, although the club were frustrated to go public with their desire to leave.
He has just one year left on his contract but has urged the club to take advantage of him now amid Xavi’s Barcelona links – with the striker admitting ‘something died in me’ which led us to consider a new challenge.
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann reportedly faced Robert Lewandowski last season
Lewandowski reportedly upset when his coach gave him advice on positioning in training
And further revelations have emerged over his feud with the club, as German outlet TZ claimed he had a disagreement with Nagelsmann at the training ground last season.
Nagelsmann had sensed Lewandowski’s “moods” on several occasions, he says.
During a session, he had advised the player on his positioning and had indicated to him the runs he wanted him to make when his teammates crossed the ball for him.
But a capricious Lewandowski reportedly hit back at him, reminding the manager that it was he who had scored 41 goals back then, and not him.
Lewandowski stunned German football with his candid comments and admitted ‘something died inside me’ amid his desire to leave
Lewandowski had previously hinted at frustrations with tactics under Nagelsmann, saying it had “not been easy” to flourish in attack – despite scoring 50 goals in 46 games.
“It hasn’t been easy for me at Bayern lately to find situations for a goal or a place on the pitch,” he said in November. “When you play attacking players and the opponents are very defensive, it’s not easy for a striker.”
The same outlet claims Lewandowski faced Bayern again in December, when club medics advised him not to return home for Christmas after sustaining an ankle injury – fearing the pressure of the cabin at cruising altitude hinders its recovery.
But Lewandowski was desperate to spend time with his family and ignored the club’s instructions – he alleges – to hire his own private jet and fly home anyway.
Barcelona boss Xavi reportedly keen to bring Lewandowski to Camp Nou this summer
His attempt to leave Bayern and his recent candid press conference and interviews saw Lewandowski branded as ‘selfish’ last week.
“I just want to leave Bayern,” Lewandowski said. “Loyalty and respect are more important than hard work. The best thing to do is find a solution together.
The Polish striker was hoping Bayern would let him go to Barcelona, but told Polish website Sport Onet: “They didn’t want to listen to me until the end.” Something died inside me – and it’s impossible to recover. ‘
Lewandowski furiously hit back at press attacks after his comments and insisted it was to the benefit of both parties that he left.
“I’m not a selfish person,” he said in an interview with Bild. “I know what I had at Bayern and I appreciate it very much. I also know that I have been doing my best not to disappoint the club and the fans for eight years. After this time, I feel it is time for a new stage.
“I respect FC Bayern and its rules. But changes, especially after such a long time, are part of the life of the club and the player. I hope it will not be perceived as selfish. I have a contract , but I also tried to make the club understand how I feel.
Lewandowski (L) insists he must leave Bayern Munich for his mindset as he continues to push for an exit. Pictured: Bayern chief Oliver Kahn (R)
“I said from the start that we should look for a solution that would be good for both parties. Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in the world, a dream club for many great players.
“I think it’s better for Bayern to invest the money they can get for me than to keep me until the end of my contract. I don’t want to force anything, that’s not the goal. It’s about finding the best solution.
Lewandowski remains certain he will ‘find an agreement’ with Bayern to let him go, and said it was important for his state of mind that he experienced something new this summer – admitting ‘the breakups are part of football”.
“I have a lot of respect for FC Bayern for what we have achieved over the last eight years. I appreciate it very much, this club and this city have become a home for me.
“I’ve been very happy here for years. I met a lot of great people on and off the pitch. But breakups are part of football. If I feel like I need a mental shift, it’s fair to say so. It’s my opinion.’