Franck Ribery, a former Bayern Munich striker, has advised the Bundesliga champions against keeping striker Robert Lewandowski against his will.
After confirming last week that he wants to leave Bayern, Questions remain over Lewandowski’s future.
Lewandowski said that no fresh conditions on his contract, which is set to expire at the end of the season, had been presented.
Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn, on the other hand, claimed that a “concrete offer” would be made on Saturday.
Hasan Salihamidzic, the club’s sporting director, accused the player’s agent, Pini Zahavi, of attempting to turn his client’s head.
Zahavi retaliated at Salihamidzic, warning Bayern that risking losing Lewandowski on a free transfer or denying him the chance to join Barcelona would be foolish.
Ribery, who played with Lewandowski at Bayern from 2014 to 2019, agrees, but is optimistic that the 33-year-old will be able to leave the club on good terms.
He told Wirtualna Polska:
“There is such a risk [for Bayern].
“A footballer forced to stay can be frustrated and angry.
“However, I would love to find a solution that will make everyone happy. I understand the club because it will be tough to find a new Lewandowski.
“We are talking about the best striker in the world in recent years. Naturally, nobody sells such a player willingly.
“But Lewandowski wants this change; he is looking for a new spark. He needs a new challenge. This situation is not easy. May there be a good solution for everyone.
“If Robert leaves, nobody and nothing will erase what he has done for Bayern. But I would also like him to leave in style.”
In all competitions, Lewandowski scored 50 goals in 46 matches for Bayern this season, making him the top scorer across Europe’s top five leagues.
And Ribery, who now plays in Serie A for Salernitana, believes the Poland international and LaLiga giants Barca would be a perfect fit.
“Barca is Barca,” he added. “Sure, they have their problems, but they are still significant even if they are not as strong as five or six years ago.
“It is known that they had a fantastic team, players who played together for many years. [Lionel] Messi, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Dani] Alves, [Jordi] Alba.
“It’s different now, but there is no shortage of talent there. So yes, if Lewy were to leave Bayern, Barcelona would be a good choice.”
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