Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac is adamant that star striker Robert Lewandowski will not be leaving them this summer ahead of his first campaign in charge of the Bundesliga giants
The Polish superstar has been linked with a move to Real Madrid over the past few years following his outstanding displays for Bayern, which has seen him score 151 goals in just 195 games in all competitions after arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
Lewandowski’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has recently disclosed that his client seeks to leave the Allianz Arena in search of a new challenge.
But Kovac insists that the 29-year-old will not be leaving Munich anytime soon.
“There’s nothing new with Robert, it’s clear that he will not leave this club because we have a top striker and we certainly do not want to relinquish him or give him away,” Kovac told Sky Sport Germany, via Goal.
“We want to achieve a lot with him. He is a great footballer, who has achieved a lot in the Bundesliga, scored many goals and now in the new season certainly will score many goals.”
Lewandowski has hinted himself that he will likely want to leave Bayern at some stage in the future in order to try his luck somewhere else.
“It’s true that Robert toys with going elsewhere. Only [he has] one thing he likes, the other is what we like to do,” said Kovac.
“Robert has a contract – I do not know how long – and he will certainly stay as long as possible here.”
Bayern will have to make do without Lewandowski for their final pre-season friendly against Manchester United before later taking on Kovac’s former club, Eintracht Frankfurt, in the German Super Cup.