Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac is hopeful Robert Lewandowski’s new contract will be sorted soon following the striker’s stunning start to the season.
With less than two years left on his current deal, Lewandowski gave Bayern fans a welcome update on his future by revealing contract talks are “95 per cent” complete.
The 31-year-old’s agent, Pini Zahavi, was then seen arriving in Munich on Thursday to reportedly hold more talks. Apparently, Bayern are hoping to tie down Lewandowski until the end of the 2022/23 season.
The news will also have come as a huge boost for Kovac considering the Pole’s strong start to the season. In just two Bundesliga games, he’s already scored six goals to help Bayern begin the defence of their crown unbeaten.
Lewandowski is also in pole position to finish as the league’s top scorer for the fifth time in just seven years.
“We assume that everything will be done,” said Kovac, according to Fox Sports.
“He has developed very well here in Germany. Five goals in two games is amazing. We hope he’ll stay healthy. He could have gone a year or two ago, but he stayed. At 31, he’s happy here with his family.
“Four times he has won the crown of the top scorer in the Bundesliga, which is great. He is in great shape and has done well this season, so we’re very happy with that and I hope he stays this way.”
Bayern supporters, meanwhile, are keeping an eye on Philippe Coutinho’s progress in Germany this term.
The Brazilian playmaker, who joined on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona, made a 33-minute cameo during last weekend’s 3-0 Bundesliga win at Schalke 04 while continuing to build up his match fitness.
“We want to get Coutinho fit,” said Kovac.
“He will be with the national team and maybe he will get more minutes and get even fitter.”
“He’s likeable, calm and reserved. That’s what makes a superstar. He can do anything but he is still modest.”
Bayern will meet Mainz at home this Saturday for their next Bundesliga fixture.