Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski has shown a complete lack of respect for current club Borussia Dortmund as he seems intent on engineering a move away from the Bundesliga giants this summer – at all costs.
The Polish striker has spent the last three years of his career at the Westfalenstadion after arriving as a virtual unknown in 2010 from Lech Poznan.
Dortmund showed faith and patience with him for his first season in which he managed just 8 goals in the Bundesliga and over the next two seasons he repaid their faith scoring more that 30 goals in all competitions for two years in a row.
Now, aged 24, he’s one of the most coveted strikers on the continent – he’s been courted by Bundesliga and European champions Bayern Munich as well as Premier League champions Manchester United for a number of months.
He enters the final year of his contract with Dortmund this summer but he seems to have forgotten that the club still pays his wages and technically he is still under contract for another 12 months yet.
“I expect everything to be cleared up now so that I will be allowed to move to my dream club this summer,” he said.
“That would be the best for everybody involved.”
This statement shows a complete lack of respect for Borussia Dortmund and, not only makes their hand in any potential deal weaker but also damages the club’s reputation.
Fair enough if he wants to move on – he’s made that clear on numerous occasions in recent weeks and months – but to be so brash as to talk up a move to his ‘dream club’ whilst he’s still under contract, still in receipt of £40,000 a week, and still favourite of the fans shows a complete lack of class.
There is a right and wrong way to go about making a transfer – there have been examples of this in the past. His teammate Mario Gotze is a fine example of how to make a move to rival whilst still showing respect to the club he’s leaving.
Despite on-going interest from Bayern Munich, Gotze remained loyal to Dortmund until he had officially signed.
“I am very happy at Dortmund and satisfied with the way we are progressing as a team,” he said amidst speculation of a move.
“Any thoughts about playing for another team are very much for the future. I'm happy in Dortmund and very happy how things are going. Therefore, it is still a bit away.”
Gotze ended up signing for Bayern Munich but Dortmund received a fee of £32 million, which, in reality, is what the club deserved in return for one of their best players.
By engineering his move away so publicly and so disprespectfully, Lewandowski invites clubs to bid below his valuation and the club know they have to sell within a limited time-frame because of his imminently expiring contract. It restricts his club’s ability to negotiate their business interests on a level playing field. Of course, it's business and it's nothing personal but he ought to have shown a little more class.
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