Update: July 13th, 8:35PM EST — Robert Lewandowski is already training like an FC Barcelona player
This news comes from Bild so take it with a grain of salt, but it seems that Lewandowski has fully checked out of Bayern Munich and won’t even try anymore. Here’s an account of the first day of training:
At 9:06 am, Lewandowski arrived at Säbener Strasse in his bright red service Audi. Six minutes late!
Lewy was also the last to come onto the training ground at 10.31 am. Normally he was always one of the first in his eight years at Bayern.
He scratched his ear, listlessly strolling to warm up. He started all exercises last. He completed it, but never with 100 percent commitment – and with sagging shoulders.
Lewandowski hardly spoke to his teammates.
Only Leon Goretzka often spoke to the striker. He also exchanged a fun chat with Jamal Musiala.
And with Julian Nagelsmann? No contact and no conversation on the pitch!
Significant: When the coach gave a speech in the team circle, the superstar stood on the very outside, demonstratively looking away. He preferred to stretch his thighs…
The situation surrounding the first training session was also tricky for his teammates: According to BILD information, coach Nagelsmann and the players are unsure how to deal with the superstar. Almost everyone considers it almost impossible that Lewandowski will play for Bayern again. After all that, he wore a Bayern jersey again – the session took place in the new white and gold away jersey because of a photo session.
In the final game, Lewy was in the A team, but he often didn’t go for the ball properly. He tried a hooked pass, but it landed on the opponent. The otherwise dangerous goal machine didn’t score a goal.
The peak of Lewandowski’s listlessness: Because his team lost, all the stars with the neon yellow jersey had to do push-ups. Lewy didn’t feel like it! He didn’t participate, preferring instead to get a soft drink from the kit manager’s golf cart.
In the final sprints, Lewy left a gap of 15 meters to his neighbor Hernández.
At 12.16 pm, the listless training was over. Just 22 minutes later, the Poland star was back in his sports car and sped home from the underground car park to his villa in the posh district of Bogenhausen.
It’s great that he’s already attuned to the spirit of his new club before the transfer is even finalized. He can play Fortnite with Dembele once Barca manage to cough up some money.
Robert Lewandowski is back in Bayern Munich team training today. His future is still up in the air. As of right now, FC Barcelona still haven’t made a new bid which lines up with Bayern’s demands for the star striker.
According to reports out of Spain, the Catalans are refusing to offer 50m euros in fixed transfer fees for the striker, instead wanting to reach that figure with variables. Bayern have been adamant on receiving no less than €50m (guaranteed) for Lewandowski, which is currently holding up the whole process. This is after all the media reports we got on Monday about how this transfer would be wrapped up by now.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski himself doesn’t seem to be particularly happy. He arrived six minutes late to team training today (Bild via @iMiaSanMia), although his fitness tests are top-notch and show that he worked hard while training in the offseason. Is this a subtle power-play by the striker? When Barca is involved, a club known for encouraging such tactics, you can never be sure. Joan Laporta even “thanked” Lewandowski earlier in the summer for his public efforts to move to Barcelona.
As for whether the club can even afford the transfer fee, Barca are close to pulling another (which is an euphemism for selling a chunk of the club’s future revenue) which could bring in as much as 300m in revenue for the club all at once. That would certainly enable them to pay for Lewy’s transfer, unless they have more pressing matters to deal with.
— Reshad Rahman ✆ (@ReshadRahman_) July 12, 2022
Whatever happens, Robert Lewandowski is a Bayern Munich player for the time being. German press are following his every move while the Spanish press are convinced that it’s only a matter of time before Barca make their final bid and Xavi lands his man.