Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is being forced to stay with Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund after claiming that the German outfit previously assured him they’d allow him to move to Bayern Munich, according to Goal.com. According to the report, the man who scored four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League is “astonished” at the way he has been treated by the German club.
“In the second half of the season, I gave everything for Dortmund, as always. I played and scored, knowing that I would be allowed to leave,” the striker said to Bild Sport, according to Goal.com.
“I was certain I would be given the green light for a transfer.
“Now all of the sudden everything is different. Unfortunately, I’m forced to stay. I’m astonished at how they’re treating me.
“I have to accept that I have to stay in Dortmund.”
After dominating the Bundesliga and playing above expectations in the Champions League, the Polish international believed that he was going to leave the 2011/2012 Bundesliga winners, with Bayern as a likely destination, but the German striker is now set to stay at the Champions League runners-up, apparently not by choice.
Lewandowski will now have to remain at Signal Iduna Park for the rest of the 2013/2014 season, until his contract expires and he is free to move to any club he wants on a Bosman free transfer, with Bayern as the likely destination, although it is likely many other clubs will pursue the attacker before he makes a decision.
The Polish attacker was arguably Dortmund’s most valuable player last season, making 31 appearances, while netting a league-leading 24 times and assisting on five others. The striker had hoped to follow in the footsteps of teammate Mario Gotze, who made a £32 million move to Bayern, but will likely be forced to stay at the German club until the end of his contract.