Lewandowski will see out the remainder of his contract.
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted that the forward will have to stay at the Westfalenstadion for the next year and see out his contract, before joining Bayern Munich.
The Poland international had been strongly linked with a move away from Dortmund this summer as the 24-year-old only has one year remaining on his current deal – with Manchester United and Chelsea both interested.
However, Lewandowski only had eyes for a move to Dortmund’s rivals Bayern, but manager Juergen Klopp would not sanction the sale having already sold Mario Goetze to the Bundesliga and Champions League winners.
Therefore with all parties at a standstill it was decided that the Pole would not be sold this summer, but then could leave for the Allianz Arena on a fee transfer in 2014.
Klopp himself has admitted that the striker will probably head to Munich but the boss wants his top scorer for one more season.
“I have to accept that I am under contract with Borussia Dortmund and therefore I have to remain a player of the club,” Lewandowski told German newspaper BILD.
Whilst it is clearly not the desired choice for the Dortmund star, both the player’s manager and the club’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke have praised the Polish attacker’s professionalism.
“It’s great to hear that but generally, we never had any doubts regarding the good character of Robert,” Watzke said.
“You won’t find a more professional player,” added Klopp.
United and Chelsea will not give up hope just yet though, as a lot can change in a year and with Lewandowski available for free in 12 months time, it’s likely both clubs will continue to try and convince the striker to come to England.