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Lewandowski Reveals Why He Moved To Barcelona Claims “He Feels Like A Kid With A New Toy”

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Robert Lewandowski has revealed that he left Bayern Munich for Barcelona this summer in order to ‘fulfil a dream’ and not because of the rumours of Erling Haaland’s potential arrival at the Allianz Arena.

The Lewandowski-Bayern-Barcelona transfer saga dominated the headlines for a good part of the ongoing transfer window.

Speaking in an interview, Robert Lewandowski has revealed that he left Bayern Munich for Barcelona this summer in order to ‘fulfil a dream’ and not because of the rumours of Erling Haaland’s potential arrival at the Allianz Arena.

The Lewandowski-Bayern-Barcelona transfer saga dominated the headlines for a good part of the ongoing transfer window.

The 33-year-old striker had made it clear towards the end of the last season that he did not wish to sign a new contract with the Bavarians and had his heart set on a move to Camp Nou.

However, the German champions were unwilling to sanction a sale and put up a strong fight, before eventually giving in to the player’s wishes and letting him join Barcelona, in a deal worth €50 million, including variables.

Lewandowski spent eight years at Bayern Munich after joining them as a free agent in 2014 from Borussia Dortmund. The Poland captain scaled great heights during his time with Die Roten, winning a host of trophies, scoring a bucketload of goals and breaking records for fun.

Lewandowski is, however, slightly sad about the manner in which things ended with Bayern Munich.

“I know that hurt a lot of fans,” he told press. “I can understand that and now I just apologise for that. At that time it was important and necessary for me to make it clear that I was ready for a change.

“At the end of the day, we are all human. After 12 years in Germany, it was clear to me that my time was over. I wanted to make that clear, and of course it was not easy for Bayern to accept a sale during this phase.

“It was a difficult situation for everyone involved and we had to find the best solution. I needed this change, this move to another country, to another club. I feel like a child who has a new toy.”

Some Bayern fans yelled pro-Real Madrid slogans like ‘Hala Madrid’ at the striker as he left the Bavarian’s training camp when he returned to collect his things.

“Yes, I heard that, and I laughed,” he said. “But there were also some people shouting my name. That was really nice.

“In the last few weeks I have also met some fans in the street who have expressed their understanding for my situation and wished me all the best.”

Lewandowski spoke of pride at his Barcelona presentation.

“I didn’t expect so many fans. It doesn’t matter if he had more or less than other players presented before by Barcelona like Ronaldinho or [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic,” he said.

“Those were different times anyway. It’s very nice when you experience so much support directly. It’s something that stays with you forever.

So, the way he pushed for an exit came as a surprise for some fans, prompting speculations that the striker was upset with the Bundesliga champions as they were reportedly planning to sign Erling Haaland.

However, issuing a clarification on his reason to leave, Lewandowski has stated that it had nothing to do with the Haaland rumours.

“No, that wasn’t a problem for me. I didn’t leave because Bayern were working on signing Haaland, I understand that. I left because I wanted to fulfil a dream,” Lewandowski said during the interview.

When quizzed if he would want to face Bayern Munich in the group stages of the Champions League, the striker replied: “No! It doesn’t have to be in the group stage. That’s too early and it would be a weird feeling for me. My wish for the draw is: please not the ball with Bayern.”

The 33-year-old was also asked how he thought Bayern Munich fans would react if he were to return to the Allianz Arena as an opponent. In response, Lewandowski said:

“I don’t know, I hope positively. I’ll only have positive memories from my time at Bayern. My story with FC Bayern will always remain in my heart”

Despite his high-profile signing, Barcelona have been unable to register Lewandowski or any of the other summer arrivals so far. However, there is a belief that the 33-year-old will be registered in time for the Catalans’ La Liga season opener against Rayo Vallecano.

“I always wanted to play in LaLiga, that was clear to me. And when Barcelona came knocking on the door this time, they were the only option for me.

“There were other offers, but I wasn’t interested.”

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