Robert Lewandowski confirms that he will not sign a new contract with Bayern Munich and wants to find the best solution

Robert Lewandowski confirmed that he had informed Bayern Munich that he would not sign a new contract with the club, adding that he wanted to “find the best solution for both sides”.

The Polish striker, who was speaking after Bayern’s last Bundesliga game, a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg, still has a year to go on his current deal, but there have been widespread reports that he is keen on a move this summer.

“I can confirm that I spoke with Hassan [Salihamidzic, Bayern sporting director] I told him that the decision had been made – and that I would not extend my contract with Bayern Munich. “Both sides should think about the future. It is better that we find the best solution for both sides.

“I told [Salihamidzic] That if an offer comes up, we have to think about it – for the club, too. Both sides should think ahead. That’s all I can say.

“I still have a one-year contract [left at Bayern]. But I said we have to find the best solution for both sides. We’ll wait and see what happens.”

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match, Salihamidzic suggested they could keep the second-best scorer in Bundesliga history until the end of his contract despite being informed that he was keen to leave.

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“I spoke with Liwa. In that discussion he told me that he did not want to accept our offer to extend the contract and that he would like to leave the club,” Salihamidzic told Sky Germany.

“He said he wanted to do something else. But our position has not changed. The truth is that he has a contract until June 30, 2023.”

The 33-year-old joined in 2014 from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer and has won the Bundesliga title every year since then, as well as the Champions League.

Barcelona have been strongly linked as one destination for Lewandowski, and speaking earlier on Saturday, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez did not rule out their chances of landing the striker.

“I signed Dani Alves at 38,” Xavi said in response to a question about his position on more experienced signings. “It’s not about age, it’s about performance. The players take great care of themselves and every year they are more professional.

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Luka Modric], Alves… They have all done very well in important clubs. Cristiano [Ronaldo] And [Lionel] Messi too. Age is not a priority. If they improve us, that’s what matters.”

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