Bayern Munich chief Karl Heinze Rummenigge is confident that Robert Lewandowski will stay at the club, despite reports linking him with Real Madrid and Chelsea.
The Poland international has reportedly told his current employers that he wants a ‘new challenge’. Chelsea are one of the club’s said to be interested in signing the striker, after record signing Alvaro Morata failed to settle during his first season in the Premier League, and has since been linked with Juventus and AC Milan.
However, Bayern Munich CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge has said that he is so confident that Lewandowski will stay at the Allianz beyond this summer, that he is ‘taking bets’:
“I said weeks ago that I am taking bets on Lewandowski staying and I am still taking them today,” Rummenigge told reporters in Munich.
Lewandowski, 29, has been a long time target for Real Madrid, but Rummenigge said that a potential transfer was not discussed when the teams met during their Champions League semi-final, which Real won 4-3 on aggregate on their way to winning their third consecutive title.
“The two boards had lunch together at both games and Lewandowski wasn’t a topic of conversation at either of the meals,” Rummenigge added.
“In the past, we had a player that [Madrid president Florentino Perez] was highly interested in. But we closed the door on that, and from this episode, I know that he would be open about it. It wouldn’t interest us anyway even if he did ask about Lewandowski. We as a club made a firm decision and that still applies.”