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FC Bayern – Kahn on “Basta” statement at Lewandowski: “The situation has changed fundamentally”



FC Bayern – Kahn on “Basta” statement at Lewandowski: “The situation has changed fundamentally”

For Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn, his “Basta” statement in the Robert Lewandowski case in May was appropriate. “With ‘Basta’ you end a discussion. And that’s exactly what I wanted at the time, because two months ago we had neither an offer for Robert nor any alternatives in sight. The situation has changed fundamentally since then,” said the former international goalkeeper picture-Interview about the now fixed change of two-time world football to FC Barcelona.

In the end, the Catalans “offered a sum for which a sale makes absolute sense for us. In addition, we have recently been very successful on the transfer market and signed an absolutely world-class player for the offensive in Sadio Mane. That’s why we have now signed with FC Barcelona agreed. So far, however, only verbally, the contract is still pending,” emphasized the 53-year-old.

According to Kahn, FC Bayern have always “sat in the driver’s seat” and always acted from a position of strength. And in the end, in our opinion, it was the best thing to give Robert the go-ahead. We at FC Bayern can do a lot with this development live a good life”.

The former Bayern captain denied rumors that the record champions’ supervisory board overruled him: “No, that can’t be, because that’s a decision by the board of directors with me as chairman of the board. Of course, we are always well coordinated with the entire supervisory board around Herbert Hainer .”

Kahn is not afraid of losing face: “To stick to something dogmatically out of excessive stubbornness or because of one’s own ego, even though the framework conditions have fundamentally changed, is more a sign of weakness for me.” It’s always about: “What’s best for FC Bayern, for the club, the team and the fans. Against this background, I evaluate things, that’s my job.”

Lewandowski successor? That’s what Kahn says

Even without Lewandowski, Bayern had “a very good squad with which all titles are possible”. With Mane, Ryan Gravenberch or Noussair Mazraoui “so far they have been optimally strengthened and the transfer for Robert Lewandowski gives us more room to manoeuvre,” said the Bayern boss.

The club is not necessarily looking for an immediate successor for the Polish striker, but: “We are constantly monitoring the market and if an opportunity should arise, we will be there. As the current transfer period shows, FC Bayern is a highly attractive club for the top players -players of Europe.”

However, the offensive is “excellent and our coach Julian Nagelsmann has a large repertoire to keep our attacking game at the highest level”. FC Bayern have also lost big players in the past and “the Bayern world didn’t fall apart after that. On the contrary, things often went on even more successfully,” said Kahn.