Robert Lewandowski was on the score-sheet again last night, and he has also revealed he turned down the chance to play in England and Spain.
Something had to give on Friday evening, as two Bundesliga clubs with 100% records went head-to-head at the Westfalenstadion.
In the end a Robert Lewandowski strike gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen, reminding the Polish striker’s many suitors what might have been.
Lewandowski tapped in a Marco Reus cross after 55 minutes, and while Jurgen Klopp’s side had chances to increase their lead, that strike proved decisive. It was a solid all-round performance from the 25-year-old, who had 5 attempts on goal and ran a total of 10.9km during the game – the fourth furthest in his team.
The forward has confirmed previous reports that Jose Mourinho text him during his time at Madrid, to ask the player to join him at his next club.
“Yes, there was a situation like this with Jose Mourinho, but I wouldn’t like to talk about it much,” he said.
He also confirmed talks took place with Sir Alex Ferguson and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Not many players can say they turned down three such clubs. Not many players would want to.
But Lewandowski knows his own mind, and it appears that for quite some time now, that mind has been set on a move to Bayern Munich.
That he has to see out another season at Dortmund appears to be an issue he has overcome. And his early season form suggests he will leave his current club with the best of memories, despite their reluctance to see him go.
There is no doubt Lewandowski is one of the most talented forwards in Europe, and he would have considerably improved any of the sides he opted not to join.
But of the three, perhaps Chelsea are the most regretful.
As they continue their search for a new frontman, they can only wonder what might have been had the player answered Mourinho’s text with a “yes”.
Is Lewandowski right to turn down every other suitor in favour of a move to Bayern Munich?
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