Robert Lewandowski has hit out at his former club Bayern Munich, accusing them of lying about why the forward left for Barcelona this summer.
The Poland international made the high-profile move to Barça following months of rumours regarding his future, joining the likes of Raphinha and Jules Kounde as one of the club’s big moves this summer.
Speaking to ESPN, Lewandowski has lifted the lid on his Bayern exit and dispelled rumours that he forced a move due to Bayern’s interest in Erling Haaland.
“No, that was nothing to do with Erling,” he insisted. “I am the guy who even if something’s not good for me – truth is more important. I don’t want to speak about what happened exactly. But if the question is if the decision to move was because of him, no, I didn’t see the problem if he joined Bayern Munich.
“But some kind of people doesn’t say to me the truth, say something different.
“And for me it was always important to be clear, to stay true, and maybe for a few people that was the problem. And in the end I know that something doesn’t work well with my person as well and I knew that, OK I see and I feel that maybe it’s a good time to move out of Bayern Munich and join Barcelona.
“I had a very good relationship with my teammates, with the staff, with the coach, and these are all things I’m going to miss because I spent a beautiful time there. And we were not only friends from the pitch but also something more. But in the end this chapter is over and I open a new chapter in my life and a new chapter in my career.
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“So I feel that I’m in the right position, right place. So everything that’s happened in the last maybe few weeks before I left Bayern Munich, that was also of course a lot of politics.
“The club tried to find an argument why they can sell me to another club because before it was difficult to explain maybe to the fans. And I had to accept that even though it was a lot of bulls***, a lot of s*** said about me. Not true, but in the end I knew that the fans, even in this period, still support me a lot.”