Bayern chief explains why he had to let Lewandowski join Barcelona

Robert Lewandowski
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Barcelona and Bayern Munich have officially reached an agreement for Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich have officially announced that Robert Lewandowski is joining Barcelona, with both sides having reached an agreement.

The Poland international will join Barcelona on a three-year deal with an option of a further year.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich settled on a reported fee of €45m plus another €5m in add-ons.

Lewandowski who has since reached personal terms with Barcelona will earn a reported salary of around €9m per season.

The 33-year-old will now join Barcelona in the pre-season tour of the United States next week.

In a press statement, Bayern President Herbert Hainer admitted he had to let Lewandowski leave after what he had done in the last 8 years for Barcelona.

He said: “We have a verbal agreement with Barcelona for Lewandowski.

“It’s good for both sides that we have clarity. Robert is a very deserving player, he won everything with us. We are incredibly grateful to him.”

Earlier today, Lewandowski was pictured saying goodbye to his team-mates at Bayern Munich.

“I said goodbye to the guys on the pitch today,” Robert Lewandowski told Sky Torben.

“I wasn’t worried about an injury in training. This can also happen to me at home. I wanted to stay fit and decided to train with the guys again

“These 8 years were special and I won’t forget that. I had a great time in Munich. I will fly soon, but after the training camp I will come back and say goodbye properly and organise a few things.

“I will come back and say goodbye to all the employees properly. I didn’t have much time to prepare for it now.”

Lewandowski is definitely one of the greatest strikers of his generation. He scored 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern across eight years.