Former Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann believes Robert Lewandowski will be welcomed with open arms following his dramatic departure to Barcelona.
The Polish captain has been pushing for a move to Barcelona since last season ended. The 33 years old striker finally got his wish last week after Barcelona and Bayern Munich reached a £50 million transfer deal for the Polish striker.
Robert Lewandowski was unveiled as a new Barcelona player in the United States on Wednesday where Barcelona is having their pre-season tour. The 33-year-old striker signed a four-year contract with Barcelona with a £500 million release clause.
He scored 344 goals in 375 appearances for Bayern Munich.
Lewandowski won seven Bundesliga top goal scorers, two European Golden boots, Champions League top goalscorer and assist provider, and two FIFA Best Men Player of the year.
However, Klinsmann believes Robert Lewandoski will always be a Bayern Munich Legend and one day get the farewell he deserves.
What did Jurgen Klinsmann say?
In an interview with Goal, The former Bayern players said: “Well, I think in the short term, there’s a little bit of sadness.
“Maybe also a little bit of attention because there was still hope that he would stay and not get moved out.
“I think you let the grass grow for a couple of months and then I think all of Bayern Munich fans, the club, and everyone involved will be forever thankful to Robert for what he’s done. He will be definitely one of the biggest legends in the history of the club, one of the most exciting, and one of the most exceptional players.
“There will be an opportunity when he comes back. Maybe it’s a friendly game, or it’s maybe even, down the road, a European cup competition or whatever, where he will get exceptional reception from the Bayern fans.
“For a couple of weeks, maybe there will be a little bit of bitterness for some of the fans, but that goes away, definitely goes away. So in the long run, he will be remembered as one of their greatest.”
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that he is not surprised to see Erling Haaland join Manchester City.
Erling Haaland was always destined to leave Borussia Dortmund following his impressive three years Spell at the Club. The Norwegian striker scored 86 goals in 89 appearances for Borussia Dortmund.
Jurgen Klinsmann added: “We all knew that this day will come because he’s just exploded over the last three years,” Klinsmann said. “This kid is very special and when they get the big, big numbers, the big clubs come then. It’s just normal that you’ve got to let him go.
“I’m curious to see how he will fit in at Man City in the style of Pep Guardiola, very curious to see that. At the same time, Dortmund also moved on and is trying to solve that position in the best way possible. It’s normal that it happens, but it makes you a bit sad to see them go.”