Robert Lewandowski is pictured in a Barcelona shirt for the first time as the club announce his £42.5million arrival from Bayern Munich. The forward will now take part in the pre-season tour of the USA after meeting his new teammates
- The Poland international had been the subject of much speculation this summer
- He finally got his dream move after declaring he wants to leave Bayern
- The forward will now feature in Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the United States
The 33-year-old Poland international had one year left on his contract with Bayern Munich and announced earlier this summer that he wanted to leave the club.
Barcelona have always been the striker’s preferred target and after weeks of waiting, Xavi Hernandez finally has his man.
Barcelona confirmed Robert Lewandsowski’s move on Tuesday night
The club said the Polish forward has signed an initial four-year deal worth £42.5million
The first pictures of Lewandowski’s training with Barcelona appeared on Tuesday evening
The Pole has finally got his dream move after the two clubs agreed a move
In a video posted to the club’s social media channels on Tuesday night, Lewandowski can be seen walking towards a camera in Barcelona’s latest kit before looking at his badge and uttering the words ‘Hi, Cules’ .
The club announced the confirmation of the deal on their website, saying the Pole has signed an initial four-year deal worth £42.5million.
Lewandowski arrived in Miami on Sunday after the club reached an initial agreement the day before.
He then met his new team-mates and, with official confirmation, can now take part in the club’s remaining pre-season training in the United States.
The Polish international trained with his team-mates for the first time after moving from Bayern Munich
The Pole flew to Miami on Sunday and met his teammates before the move was officially confirmed by the club’s channels
The confirmation of the deal puts an end to weeks of speculation about the Pole’s future. Earlier this summer, Lewandowski explained that something had “died” inside him regarding his relationship with German giants Bayern Munich.
His statement earlier this summer confirmed Bayern Munich fans’ worst nightmare that their star striker wanted to leave the club he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.
In June, He told Polish sports outlet Sport Onet that “they [Bayern Munich] didn’t want to listen to me to the end.
“Something died inside me. I just want to leave Bavaria. Loyalty and respect are more important than work,” he added.
The player cut a relaxed figure in Florida as he was put through his paces for the first time as a Barcelona player
Xavi (C) will be delighted that the club have been able to sign Robert Lewandowski for this window
“No offers other than Barcelona’s have even been considered by me,” he said.
“During so many years at the club [Bayern] I was always ready, available, despite injuries and pain, I did my best. I think the best thing is to find a good solution for both sides.”
Lewandowski credited Barcelona manager Xavi with convincing him the Catalan club was the right destination for him and said their ambitions are similar.
“I spoke to Xavi and I know from the start [what’s been on his] mind, its ideas. It was easy for me to decide to come to Barcelona because I’m the guy who wants to play and win and I think it’s very possible with Xavi.
Robert Lewandowski’s move to FC Barcelona was almost confirmed a few days ago
“He knows exactly how to coach Barcelona because he was a great player and now he’s also a very good coach. He has an amazing future and I want to be a part of it too.
He added: “Finally I’m here, I’m very happy to be here at Barcelona. The last few days have been very long days but in the end the deal is done. So now I can focus on a new chapter in my life, a new challenge.”
Lewandowski leaves FC Bayern Munich as the second-best goalscorer of all time, behind legendary striker Gerd Müller with 344 goals in 375 games.
The striker has won the Bundesliga in each of his seasons with the club, as well as the Champions League in 2020.
Lewandowski leaves FC Bayern Munich as the second-best goalscorer of all time behind Gerd Müller