Is Robert Lewandowski Right to Feel Cheated by Borussia Dortmund?

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterAugust 1, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund during a Borussia Dortmund training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match against FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2013 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Robert Lewandowski launched a bizarre attack on his current club, Wednesday, telling Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita that he felt “cheated” by the upper management of Borussia Dortmund. (Goal)

Claiming to have been promised a transfer to Bayern Munich this summer, the striker remarked that “words spoken straight into my eyes were untrue.”

He continued: “If someone says something, he should keep his word. I’m not saying it’s only about the transfer, but other things we have discussed with management have not materialized... No matter how hard I train and what I will do, the feeling that I’ve been cheated will still be there.”

Lewandowski has a year remaining on his contract at Signal Iduna Park and had apparently hoped to follow former teammate Mario Gotze to Bayern ahead of the upcoming season. Now it appears he won’t be going anywhere, and he hasn’t been at all shy about expressing his displeasure with his present employers.

Nevertheless, with the Poland international still under contract, Borussia Dortmund are perfectly within their rights to keep him at the club until next summer, no matter what they may or may not have insinuated in previous discussions with the 24-year-old. And given the astronomical prices at which other strikers have commanded this transfer period they were never very likely to acquire as prolific a goalscorer as Lewandowski at a reasonable rate.

In his past two seasons at Dortmund, Lewandowski has tallied 36 times in all competitions and was an integral part of the back-to-back titles won in 2011 and 2012. Dortmund have every right to assume he’ll play a major part in another assault on the Bundesliga over the coming months, and if he remains insistent on leaving the club next summer, there will nothing preventing him from doing so.

Of course, he could still orchestrate his departure in the next few weeks, provided he took a step his recent remarks have shown him too cowardly to take: formally tabling a transfer request.