Robert Lewandowski will see out his contract at Bayern Munich despite considering a move away, the club’s new coach Niko Kovac has said.
“Our stance is clear: He won’t leave this club,” Kovac told Sky Germany. “Everyone’s entitled to voice his wish. And it’s right that Robert’s playing with the idea to go elsewhere. But it’s one thing what he would like to do and another thing what we want. He will see out his contract.”
Kovac confirmed in kicker that he will not make any changes to the squad’s hierarchy, and confirmed that Manuel Neuer will be staying.
“We could hand out eleven captain armbands every match,” Kovac said. “Everyone in the squad knows which value they have in the club. Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng. They are all captains, just without the armband.”
Elsewhere, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has called to end the 50+1 restrictions in Germany to increase the league’s competitiveness.
“We are facing difficult times if we continue like before” he said. “Our behaviour is sneered at here in the United States. We must stop promoting populism in this republic,” Rummenigge said. “It’s at an absurdly high level at most Bundesliga clubs and especially at the associations.”
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