Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has reportedly agreed a new two-year contract extension with the German champions.
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Lewandowski Commits Future to Bayern
Tuesday, March 29
According to Bild (h/t David F. Sanchidrian of AS) the Poland international has committed until 2021, with his current deal set to expire in 2019.
Sanchidrian noted that Real Madrid have been keeping tabs on the forward, who is rated among the very best in the world, although this agreement means they “are even further away from their dream” of bringing him to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
But it seems as though the striker has decided that Bayern is the best place for him to continue his career, even with manager Pep Guardiola poised to leave the club at the end of the season. Carlo Ancelotti, formerly of Los Blancos, is poised to take over at the Allianz Arena. According to Sanchidrian, the Italian's impending arrival has been key in convincing Lewandowski to stay in Bavaria.
Spanish football expert Rafael Hernandez praised the clinical manner in which the German champions get their players tied down:
Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117
Lewandowski joins Alaba and renews with Bayern Munich until 2021. Remarkable, spotless management once again.2016-3-29 11:49:54
While he’s netted an impressive 25 goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances this season, there’s so much more to the Borussia Dortmund man than his finishing.
Here is a look back on some of the many standout moments this season from Lewandowski:
The striker is one of a kind. While Lewandowski possesses the strength and aerial ability of a quintessential No. 9, his movement between the lines and balance in tight spaces is balletic, and it's enough to compare with the top attacking midfielders in the world. He’s a wonderfully multifaceted striker.
News of an extension comes at an ideal time for Bayern. Knowing his future is at the club long-term means Lewandowski can focus squarely on the remainder of the season, with many critical matches to come in the Bundesliga—in which they're in a title battle with Dortmund—and the UEFA Champions League, too.