Nagelsmann sees ‘little room for sadness’ after Lewandowski asks to leave Bayern

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Julian Nagelsmann is drawing emotion from the situation after it was confirmed that Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski scored his 50th goal of the season in all competitions as Bayern capped another successful Bundesliga campaign by drawing 2-2 at Wolfsburg on Saturday.

However, it was revealed before the match that the 33-year-old had turned down the offer of a new contract.

Lewandowski is under contract until the end of next season but wants a new challenge after eight years with the Bundesliga giants. Barcelona has been strongly linked with making a move.

While Nagelsmann acknowledged it will be a loss every time Lewandowski leaves Bayern – the club must decide whether to cash in the coming months or keep him for next season and allow a free transfer – he insisted there is no time for sadness.

Instead, he must focus on the task of finding a replacement for a player who has broken countless records.

Nagelsmann said at a press conference: “Yes, it is or would be a loss, but he still has a contract until 2023, and I think we have all already commented on it.

“There is also no other statement about it, except that he has a contract until 2023. There really is nothing more to report.

“Of course, it always happens that if you lose a very good player, or lose a player in general, then it’s not always nice. ‘Sad’ is perhaps the wrong word, there are other things in life to be sad about.

“Rather it gives the incentive to look for a new striker after next season or next season who can then replace Lewy. That is then the work we have to do.

“There is little room for sadness, but you have to try to make the best of the situation for the future.”

Reflecting on his first season as Bayern coach, in which he led the Bavarians to a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title but failed to progress past the Champions League quarter-finals, Nagelsmann said: “It was difficult. This season was not so easy.

“The first half of the season was good. We expected another result in the Cup, but in the end we were very good in the group stage of the Champions League and we were very good in the League.

“In the second part of the season, we had a bit of trouble. It wasn’t that stable anymore. Sometimes we play well, we don’t get the best results, especially in the Champions League. In the end, I think we could have done a little better.”

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