Real Madrid Transfer News: Latest on Robert Lewandowski and More Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2016

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg 1907 and FC Bayern Munich in the stadium in Augsburg, on February 14, 2016. 

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Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is confident that his team-mate Robert Lewandowski will not depart the Bundesliga giants despite consistent links with top European outfits.

The Polish striker has a contract with Bayern up to 2019 but has been the subject of a number of reports about a potential move to Real Madrid, per Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph.

He has also been linked with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, but Muller does not believe Lewandowski will leave the Allianz Arena, especially as he has so long still to run on his current deal—which Bayern are looking to extend—per German outlet AZ (via Goal's Stefan Coerts): "I do not know how serious the interest in him really his. The transfer market is not open right now. Plus he still has plenty of time left on his current contract. But it is clear that he is a very important player for Bayern."

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (R) and Bayern Munich's striker Thomas Mueller celebrate after Lewandowski scored the 0-1 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match of FC Augsburg vs FC Bayern Munich in Augsburg, sou

Lewandowski has been one of Bayern's most influential players so far this season, netting 22 goals in 21 appearances as manager Pep Guardiola's side have stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to eight points, per

It is little surprise that he has been linked with Real as he would undoubtedly add even more goals to the Los Blancos attacking line.

At 27 years old, he also still has a number of years left at his peak, while 31-year-old Real star Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably in decline.

Furthermore, he would provide manager Zinedine Zidane with another option as the main striker, with Karim Benzema currently the only orthodox front man in the Real squad.

The likes of Isco and Ronaldo can both perform well in the central role but are arguably more effective on the flanks.

A draw against Malaga on Sunday—analysed below by Bleacher Report's Dean Jones—left Real trailing Barcelona by nine points in La Liga, and their title hopes could perhaps be gone for another year.

A big addition in the summer is surely needed for Real if they are to close the gap to the brilliant Blaugrana.

But, as far as Muller is concerned, Los Blancos will not be snapping up Lewandowski.

Elsewhere, Real could reportedly face a fight to keep Jese Rodriguez at the club, as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing him.

According to Spanish outlet OK Diario (via James Whaling of the Mirror), Liverpool are set to return for Jese in the summer, having been prepared to meet his £23 million price tag in January but been rebuffed by Real.

The report added that Los Blancos were reluctant to let him leave in the winter, and the 22-year-old has been given further first-team opportunities since Zidane took over, which should help Real in their bid to keep him in the summer.