Robert Lewandowski needs to stick to things he can control this season, like his play, rather than worry about the impending payday he will receive this summer.
The Borussia Dortmund striker was recently awarded a pay raise by the club, according to German newspaper Spiegel, per Agence France-Presse reporting. As a result, Lewandowski will garner nearly £6.6 million this year in comparison to the paltry sum of £1.5 million he was slated to net this season.
That’s insulting compensation for the star who single-handedly propelled his club over Real Madrid with four goals during their Champions League semifinal win over Real Madrid.
In 100 career appearances for Dortmund, Lewandowski has found the net 55 times and has assisted 21 times.
The well-deserved pay bump comes just weeks after the forward told Polish newspapers FAKT and Rzeczpospolita he felt “a bit cheated,” per ESPN.co.uk.
Looking ahead to his summer move to Champions League and Bundesliga kings Bayern Munich, Lewandowski undoubtedly has much, much more money awaiting him. While offers for him will surely not be impacted too much by his play this season, the Polish international should still focus on the pitch in order to demand the maximum of his worth.
Chelsea has set its sights and pocketbooks on him this summer. Jose Mourinho is reportedly planning to use the club’s £40 million bid for Wayne Rooney to fuel a push for Lewandowski if Manchester United declines their latest offer for the forward, according to Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.
The interest is definitely ramping up already for Dortmund’s striker, but will he stay focused in order to cash in next summer?
"I don't know, if the situation will fail to leave a mark on me. It's in my subconscious and there will come a time when I will be in a bad mood before the game,” Lewandowski said, according to ESPN.co.uk.
His focus has already taken a hit. Up 2-0, Lewandowski scored an own goal in extra-time for Brunschweig on August 18. It was a temporary lapse of judgement and poor play, but nothing to be too concerned about.
All in all, not allowing him to transfer to Bayern this summer was a smart move. While troubling for Lewandowski, it gives the side another year to scout and cultivate talent while denying their rivals a potent scoring threat.
Dortmund has an interesting predicament on its hands as a result.
Should it part ways with its star player by getting some compensation from a Premier League club now or let him leave for nothing next summer when he returns to Bundesliga to compete against them?
Shipping away a distracted and discontented player seems like the best option for all parties at this point. Lewandowski, though, needs to find a way to stay focused and effective on the pitch this season—wherever he ends up playing football.