Bayern Munich’s Sporting Director tackles the situation of two players

The future of Bayern Munich forwards Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry is known to be uncertain. Both players are at a crossroads in their careers, deciding whether to stay or move to another club.

Speaking with Sport Bild (as recorded by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern’s sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić sat down and discussed what will happen to Gnabry and Lewandowski amid the arrival of Sadio Mane from Liverpool. Brazzo was asked if Mane’s arrival was related to Gnabry’s reluctance to expand with the club, a question he refuted.

“Sadio Mane’s signing has nothing to do with Serge,” said Bayern’s sporting director. “We still want to resume talks with Serge and see if he is willing to extend this transfer window.”

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Gnabry is not yet sure whether he wants to extend or move to a new club
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Brazzo stressed that Gnabry is a perfect fit for the team and hopes to reach an agreement with him soon. “Serge is a German international and fits perfectly into our team,” said Brazzo. “We don’t want to go into the last year of his contract without hearing from him that he wants to stay. There shouldn’t be any pressure. Nevertheless, from the club’s point of view it is only fair that if the player does not want to renew, we have a find a solution that satisfies all parties involved.”

The SD also downplayed the idea that Mane would be Lewandowski’s immediate replacement if the striker leaves, reiterating that the Pole is still under contract: “Our position is clear: Robert has a contract until the summer of 2023.”

It remains to be seen whether FC Barcelona would cough up the money for Lewandowski and reach Bayern’s €50 million valuation; Brazzo doesn’t care, though. “I’m not thinking about that,” he said. “I expect to see Robert train in Säbener Straße on July 12 (when the pre-season starts).”

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