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Bayern CEO hammers Lewandowski: “His might is not that high”

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Unsettled superstar striker Robert Lewandowski hasn’t been the happiest at Bayern Munich in recent months, but he’s now said enough that the club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has had enough.

Lewandowski took a shot at the club’s transfer policy over the summer, a short time after he ripped Bayern for not doing more to aid his pursuit of another Golden Boot.

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Earlier this summer, manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted he’s unhappy with Lewandowski’s agent and the club also released a statement blasting teams for chasing the striker this summer.

From Bild, via Sky Sports:

“I don’t think the player’s might is that high. And Lewandowski can see that when he looks at his contract. He signed until 2021 without an exit clause.

“Regrettably his agent often is his ‘Spiritus Rector’ [guiding light]. That was the case here, too. The interview was consciously organised around Bayern. He harms Robert with that.”

It’s odd timing for such a response from Rummenigge: September, the eve of a Champions League campaign. And it also comes following a 2-0 loss at Hoffenheim, one which may have pushed Rummenigge into combustible mode.

The end game carries the most interest. Would Bayern cash in on its star, especially given his age? Or is Rummenigge setting the table for a stalemate with a player he certainly believes wants to leave and isn’t taking the right road?

The 29-year-old Lewandowski has been with Bayern since 2014, scoring 116 times for the Bavarians.

Bayern opens Champions League group play with Anderlecht at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, and will also face Celtic and Paris Saint-Germain.

Bundesliga wrap: BVB wins again; Clever Lewandowski nabs beaut (video)

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Three Bundesliga sides are a perfect 2-for-2 to start the season, and Borussia Dortmund has a slight edge of Bayern Munich after another strong performance from 18-year-old American attacker Christian Pulisic.

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The weekend started well for America, with Bobby Wood scoring Friday for the third perfect side: Hamburger SV.


Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hertha Berlin

No Ousmane Dembele, no problem for Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund. The American phenom had another outstanding day as BVB won via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nuri Sahin goals.

Pulisic led the match in attempts on goal with five, sprints with 41 — only Aubameyang joined him as players with more than 26 — and covered 6.7 miles as BVB improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Werder Bremen 0-2 Bayern Munich

The hosts stymied Bayern for 72 minutes. Three minutes later, Robert Lewandowski had a brace and the champs were on their way to the points.

Both goals were nice, but the first was casually brilliant. Little back foot trickery.

Koln 1-3 Hamburg (Friday)

Andre Hahn and Lewis Holtby joined USMNT striker Bobby Wood on the winners’ side of the ledger.

Here’s the Hawaii-born striker’s marker:

Elsewhere
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Wolfsburg — Didavi with lone goal
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Hoffenheim — Kramaric, Uth with equalizers
Stuttgart 1-0 Mainz — Badstuber scores rare goal
Augsburg 2-2 ‘Gladbach — Hosts score in 1st, 89th minutes
RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hannover 96 vs. Schalke — Noon ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Borussia Dortmund 2 2 0 0 5 0 5 1-0-0 1-0-0 6
 Bayern Munich 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 1-0-0 1-0-0 6
 Hamburger SV 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 1-0-0 1-0-0 6
 1899 Hoffenheim 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 1-0-0 0-1-0 4
 Mönchengladbach 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 1-0-0 0-1-0 4
 FC Schalke 04 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 1-0-0 0-0-0 3
 Hannover 96 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0-0-0 1-0-0 3
 Hertha BSC Berlin 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 1-0-0 0-0-1 3
 VfB Stuttgart 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 1-0-0 0-0-1 3
 VfL Wolfsburg 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 0-0-1 1-0-0 3
 SC Freiburg 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1
 FC Augsburg 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 0-1-0 0-0-1 1
 Eintracht Frankfurt 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 0-0-1 0-1-0 1
 Bayer Leverkusen 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 0-1-0 0-0-1 1
 FSV Mainz 05 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 RB Leipzig 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0-0-0 0-0-1 0
 1. FC Köln 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0-0-1 0-0-1 0
 Werder Bremen 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0-0-1 0-0-1 0

Ancelotti unhappy with Lewandowski’s representatives

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Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti told reporters despite a transfer rumor swarm around striker Robert Lewandowski, he’s not at all unhappy with the Polish frontman.

He is, however, unhappy with someone else: Lewandowski’s agent.

Ancelotti criticized Lewandowski’s representatives for “talking too much” which he says sparked the transfer rumor circus.

“Lewandowski has never complained to me, I finally congratulated him on his good season,” Ancelotti said on Saturday. “I was satisfied with him and he was pleased with us. As always there are agents who talk too much – I do not know why. It is not the first time an agent has used the newspapers to say something wrong, that’s all. In a perfect world, agents do not talk.”

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Ancelotti was likely referring directly to Lewandowski’s agent Maik Barthel, who spoke to German paper Kicker and was quoted as saying that Lewandowski was “disappointed” not to score more goals last season, and many extrapolated what they wished from those words.

Sure, it’s easy to see why Ancelotti is upset. Transfer rumors create unrest within the squad and the club, and serve to irritate those on the receiving end of incessant questioning. It’s also, however, easy to see why agents chat to journalists and tabloid writers to intentionally stir up chatter, as the talk serves their purpose of leverage against one party or another. The agents are just doing their job, which is earning themselves and their clients more money.

The English papers have had a field day with rumors of a Lewandowski exit to Chelsea, Manchester United, or Arsenal. Reports that Lewandowski is “unhappy” at Bayern have made the rounds, but as the players returned to the Bayern facilities today, Ancelotti did his best to dispel those rumors.

Bayern says clubs “risk FIFA punishment” for approaching Lewandowski

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Two Premier League giants are reportedly in the market for Robert Lewandowski, however, his current club isn’t having any of it.

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Bayern Munich has threatened repercussions from FIFA after Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly made contact with Lewandowski’s camp recently over a possible move to England.

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The 28-year-old goalscorer is said to be displeasured with the Bundesliga champions after having a falling out with manager Carlo Ancelotti towards the end of the 2016/17 season.

Despite the alleged uncertainty between player and manager though, Bayern has no intentions of allowing their prized striker to leave.

Below is the statement released by Bayern to Sky Deutschland on Wednesday amid the speculation.

“Robert Lewandowski is under contract at Bayern and only recently renewed his deal until 2021. Bayern Munich waste no thought on a Lewandowski move.

“There are no talks with other clubs, and there won’t be any. If other clubs negotiate with players who are under long-term contracts, they risk FIFA punishment. The agent also confirmed to us that he has not held any contract talks.”

While Bayern would clearly be losing a key asset if Lewandowski were to exit this summer, Chelsea and United are two clubs certainly in the market for a striker.

The reigning PL champions are expected to cut ties with Diego Costa in the lead up to the 2017/18 campaign after the Spaniard showed a text message exchange with manager Antonio Conte displaying the Italian’s disinterest in bringing back the striker.

Meanwhile, United released Zlatan Ibrahimovic after this past season following a devastating ACL injury that he suffered in April.

Robert Lewandowski to Chelsea? Agent says striker “disappointed” with Bayern

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Reports that Antonio Conte will get a new contract to go with reassurances that Chelsea can spend on veterans players are leading to a number of big names linked to Stamford Bridge.

Leonardo Bonucci and Virgil Van Dijk are center backs in the Blues’ rumor mill, but there’s a gigantic line-leading name running through the headlines on Tuesday.

Metro has reports out of Poland that say Chelsea believes it can woo Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, which has said it has no desire to sell the striker.

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The report says Lewandowski was unsettled when Carlo Ancelotti didn’t alter its final day tactics and formation to help him capture another Golden Boot, as Lewandowski finished just behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a bid to win a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

From Metro:

‘Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title,’ Maik Barthel told Kicker. ‘He was disappointed as I have ever seen him before. He really hoped that the team [would] support him proactively.’

Well then.

Lewandowski is signed through the 2020-21 season, which would make any deal an expensive one for Chelsea. Conte would see him as an upgrade over unvalued Diego Costa, and Lewandowski probably wouldn’t mind a new challenge having dominated the Bundesliga with two clubs (two titles with Borussia Dortmund and three with Bayern).