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Lewandowski threat should bring back memories for Chelsea and Mourinho

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

Striker Robert Lewandowski has made some quite stunning comments which should prompt Chelsea fans to recall a situation with William Gallas.

Robert Lewandowski remains at Borussia Dortmund, with the club categorically ruling out selling him to rivals Bayern Munich.

They will be powerless to stop him signing a pre-contract agreement on January 1, but their stance and refusal to make a quick buck on the striker is admirable.

But now the saga has taken an unsavoury turn, thanks to an interview described as 'explosive' in his Polish homeland, where he threatens to have 'bad games' for the club.

He said: "The attitude towards me is not fair. It's about what was told to me in the face. I do not know if it is sometime an extent that the situation affected me. That it penetrates into my subconscious and a moment will come when I will deliver worse games."

Perhaps he should be commended for his honesty, but his thoughts are ones he should keep to himself for it is no way to repay supporters of the club who have helped him make his name as one of Europe's most sought-after strikers.

It's slightly reminiscent of a particularly ugly saga back in 2006 involving Chelsea and William Gallas when Jose Mourinho was in the midst of his first spell as manager, involving a row claiming the defender threatened to score an own goal if he did not get his wish of a transfer.

Chelsea released an official statement claiming: "Before the first game of the season against Manchester City, when only four defenders were available and John Terry was doubtful with an injury, he refused to play.

"He went on to threaten that if he was forced to play, or if he was disciplined and financially punished for his breach of the rules, that he could score an own goal or get himself sent off, or make deliberate mistakes.

"Clearly this was a totally unacceptable situation for the manager, the team and the club. So a collectively agreed solution in Chelsea's interests had to be found, hence his departure."

After his sale to Arsenal, in an exchange for Ashley Cole, Gallas attempted to save his tarnished reputation.

He said: "I am surprised and shocked by these claims.I never said I would score own goals if I had to play for Chelsea again. I was firm about my wanting to leave, that is true, and I will explain in due time why I wanted to.

"But I never went that far. But if people want to hide behind false accusations in order to give a reason for why I left so they can calm down the club's supporters then they can.

"All this is very, very petty on behalf of Chelsea. But at the same time, coming on behalf of its new leaders, that does not surprise me. Even if Chelsea has much money, its new leaders lack class."

Chelsea's dilemma was clear, they could not risk having a player who not only was not giving his all but willing to become a detriment to the team.

Lewandowski's stance is not quite so severe as that which Gallas was alleged of, but the decision Dortmund have to face is similar - How can they keep a player who admits he is going to under-perform.

While their stance is admirable, it might be worth their while actively trying to sell him abroad to a Premier League club. We can think of one club searching for a top striker who would certainly be interested.

Should Chelsea try to go for Lewandowski? What do you remember of the Gallas saga?

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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