Robert Lewandowski’s ongoing fallout with Bayern Munich saw him row with manager Julian Nagelsmann over his tactical instructions during training – with the star forward irked by the coach telling him what positions to take up for crosses.
Lewandowski’s eight-year spell at the Allianz Arena looks almost certain to end this summer after the Poland captain declared that his ‘story was over’ in Munich, though the club have been left frustrated by going public with his desire to leave.
He has just one year left on his contract but has urged the club to cash in on him now amid links to Xavi’s Barcelona – with the striker admitting ‘something died inside me’, which has made him consider a new challenge.
And more revelations have come out about his feud with the club, as German outlet TZ claimed he had a disagreement with Nagelsmann on the training ground last season.
Nagelsmann had sensed Lewandowski’s ‘moods’ on a number of occasions, it says, and during one session he had advised the player about his positioning and told him the runs he wanted him to make when his team-mates crossed the ball in for him.
But a tetchy Lewandowski reportedly fired back at him, reminding the coach it was he who had netted 41 goals at the time, and not him.
Lewandowski had previously hinted of frustrations about tactics under Nagelsmann, saying it had ‘not been easy’ to flourish in attack – despite going on to smash in 50 goals in 46 games.
“It hasn’t been easy for me at Bayern lately to find situations for a goal or a place on the field,’ he said in November. ‘When you play offensive players and the opponents are very defensive, that’s not easy for a striker.”
The same outlet claims Lewandowski butted heads with Bayern once again in December, when club doctors advised him not to fly home for Christmas after picking up an ankle injury – fearing the cabin pressure at cruising altitude would hinder his recovery.
But Lewandowski was desperate to spend time with his family and ignored the club’s instructions – it alleges – renting his own private jet and flying home anyway.