Erling Haaland didn’t like how Bayern treated Robert Lewandowski
Erling Haaland was being scouted by a number of other European powerhouses prior to signing with Manchester City, notably Bayern Munich. However, the Norwegian made it clear that he didn’t appreciate how the Bavarians handled Robert Lewandowski. Erling Haaland was the most sought-after striker in Europe a few months ago. With his successful spell at Borussia Dortmund having captured the attention of the entire soccer world, the Norwegian star appeared prepared to begin a new challenge this summer.
Fast action by Manchester City resulted in the activation of the player’s release clause, which was said to be worth $66 million. Haaland has already been associated with other European behemoths. Given that Robert Lewandowski was approaching the end of his contract and appeared likely to leave, Bayern Munich was said to be genuinely interested in him. Haaland, though, felt sorry for the striker from Poland.
Erling Haaland criticizes Bayern Munich for losing Robert Lewandowski
“Bayern Munich interested in signing me? They already had Lewandowski and they were interested in signing me. If I try to imagine how Lewandowski thinks… I don’t know how many goals and titles he has achieved for the club,” Haaland said in the Haaland: The Big Decision documentary of Viaplay. Then I do actually feel a little sorry for him. At the same time, it’s a chance for him to take the next step in his career. It feels disrespectful, but at the same time it is an opportunity for him.”
Lewandowski fought hard to leave Bayern this summer despite the fact that his contract was slated to expire in 2023. Bayern resisted letting him go, but in the end, caved and sold him to Barcelona for $49.50 million. Haaland makes a valid argument. Lewandowski scored impressively 344 goals in 375 games with Bayern, so things might have turned out differently. To make matters worse, Lewy plans to return to the Bavarians this season during the group stage of the Champions League.