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Lewandowski: Bayern does not require a replacement player who is exactly like me.
Lewandowski: Bayern does not require a replacement player who is exactly like me.

The Polish international has argued that Bayern Munich does not need to replace Robert Lewandowski with a like-for-like successor.

Lewandowski eventually got his desire earlier this week when Bayern permitted him to sign a four-year deal with the Blaugrana for a transfer fee of up to €50 million, plus add-ons.

The 33-year-old scored 50 goals last season in all competitions, which was the most among Europe’s top five leagues, and will have a €500 million buyout clause at Camp Nou.

Lewandowski leaves Bayern with 344 goals and 57 assists across 375 appearances across all competitions, making him the man with the second-most goals (312 in the Bundesliga) after Gerd Muller (365).

In anticipation of Lewandowski’s departure, Julian Nagelsmann’s team had previously acquired Sadio Mane, even though the Senegalese international played on the left flank for the majority of his time at Liverpool.

Lewandowski, however, cannot predict that Bayern will struggle to score goals in the future season given that the Bundesliga winners still have Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, and Jamal Musiala at their disposal.

He told the German publication BILD, “I think Bayern have so many brilliant offensive players that you don’t absolutely need a number nine, a real centre forward.

“Bayern’s offensive is exceptional; they can handle it well even without a replacement for me one-on-one.

“There’s Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala. The players are given more responsibility for scoring goals and can grow in this role.”

Bayern will begin their Bundesliga campaign without Lewandowski at Eintracht Frankfurt on August 5.

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