When Lewandowski swapped Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich in 2014, he was already revered as one of European football’s best strikers.

The Polan international wants to play until 40

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says he wants to play until 40 after reaching his “optimal level”. When Lewandowski swapped Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich in 2014. He was already revered as one of European football’s best strikers. He further enhanced his reputation at the Allianz Arena, scoring 246 goals in 289 appearances for the Bundesliga champions. Fifty-five of those efforts came in 2019-20 when Bayern Munich took their first triple success in seven years under Hansi Flick’s leadership. Lewandowski ended the campaign as a top goal scorer in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League, which the Bavarians won by beating PSG in the final 1-0. It has been suggested that Lewandowski, who recently turned 32, will soon begin to wind down his career. But he still counts on he has many proposals at the highest level.

Lewandowski’s priority is the team

When asked if he would stay with Bayern after his current contract expires in 2023, Lewandowski told reporters: “It will not be my last contract. Finishing my career with FC Bayern is an option, of course. But I still have so many years to go, I do not feel 32. I feel finer than when I was 26. I have worked very specifically in recent years to get to my optimum level”. Asked how long he can play, the Bayern superstar replied: “Maybe be eight years”. Flick’s squad will expect to play 57 competitive games over 260 days over the new season. They will have little time to get ready after their European exploits with the Bundesliga to start again on 18 September after the last round of international fixtures.

“The next season will be extremely challenging, you have to be a little smart”. Lewandowski added of the strict planning caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “You can’t always play 90 minutes and score two goals when you’re under a lot of stress. Sometimes you have to slow down a little and pay attention to who the opponent is in the next game because the team always comes first. My priority is the team, not myself.”