Lewandowski hits out at Bayern Munich, accuses the club of spreading falsehood about his exit
The newly generated acrimony between Robert Lewandowski and his former employers, Bayern Munich isn't ending soon as the striker has accused the club of spreading falsehood about his exit from the club.
Lewandowski didn't hold anything back in an interview with ESPN - his first since joining Barcelona earlier this month, where he accused the Bundesliga champions of making up "bullsh**" in order to appease their fans.
It had been reported that Lewandowski's desire to leave Bayern was based on a rumored pursuit of Erling Haaland by Bayern Munich, who eventually joined Manchester City - an issue he was clearing the air about.
What did Lewandowski say?
"No, that was nothing to do with Erling, I am the guy who even if something's not good for me -- truth is more important. I don't want to speak about what happened exactly. 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."
"But some kind of people doesn't say to me the truth, (they) 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. And in the end I know that something doesn't work well with my person as well and I knew that, OK I see and I feel that maybe it's a good time to move out of Bayern Munich and join Barcelona."
"I had a very good relationship with my teammates, with the staff, with the coach, and these are all things I'm going to miss because I spent a beautiful time there. And we were not only friends from the pitch but also something more. But in the end this chapter is over and I open a new chapter in my life and a new chapter in my career."
"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 can 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 bullsh**, a lot of sh** said about me. Not true, but in the end I knew that the fans, even in this period, still support me a lot."
Meanwhile, Bayern chief executive, Oliver Kahn revealed in a statement during the time of the transfer: "We have agreed to release Robert Lewandowski. We have a verbal agreement with FC Barcelona, the contract is still pending.
"We know very well what we have to thank Robert for, but great players have also left FC Bayern in the past, and even after that, Bayern's world did not fall apart. On the contrary, it often continued with even more success."
Lewandowski, 33, has twice won the Golden Boot for Europe's leading goal scorer and finished as runner-up for the 2021 Ballon d'Or.