Lewandowski expected to join Bayern, says Heynckes


LONDON: Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has dropped a clear hint that Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will join the newly-crowned Champions League winners next season.

Lewandowski’s Dortmund contract expires in June 2014, but after his advisor Maik Barthel has insisted Lewandowski will leave in June, Heynckes said he expects the Poland star to join Bayern.

With Dortmund’s Mario Goetze, who missed Saturday’s 2-1 final defeat to Munich at Wembley with injury, confirmed as a Bayern player for next season, the Bavarian giants will rip the heart out of Borussia’s attack if they sign Lewandowski too.

A release clause in Goetze’s contract allows him to leave for US$48.2mil, but Lewandowski’s deal has no such condition and Bayern will have to pay over the odds for him.

“As far as I know, Mario Goetze will be joining Bayern Munich and I don’t think Lewandowski will be hanging about too much either,” said Heynckes, who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola next season.

“Then, of course, you’ve got two top attackers as well.

“My successor will, of course, be able to take over a perfectly functioning team.”

Lewandowski’s four goals in the 4-1 semi-final, first-leg win at home to Real Madrid underlined both his lethal finishing and his status as a target for Europe’s top clubs.

In the event of his departure, Dortmund will have their work cut out to find a replacement, but Borussia are reported to be in talks with Porto’s Colombia striker Jackson Martinez.

Lewandowski’s haul this season includes 24 goals in 34 Bundesliga games, including a run of 12 goals in 12 games, setting a new club record, and he scored 10 goals in the Champions League. — AFP

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