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Striker legend Dieter Müller: Sasa Kalajdzic ideal Lewandowski successor

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Dieter Müller played for 1. FC Köln and VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, among others.

Who could inherit Robert Lewandowski as Bayern Munich centre-forward? Striker legend Dieter Müller is certain that Sasa Kalajdzic from VfB Stuttgart would have the qualities for it.

“Sasa Kalajdzic plays at VfB Stuttgart: He has the qualities for it,” said the former national striker in an interview SPOX and GOALS.

The 68-year-old, who played for VfB Stuttgart himself, explained: “He’s a typical goalscorer, tall and very good in the air. Bayern have a lot of people who cross. They’re usually superior, with a lot of ball possession. In that respect, I believe I think Kalajdzic would be a good replacement for Lewandowski.”

Lewandowski’s contract with Bayern Munich runs until July 2023. The 33-year-old is apparently pushing for a move to FC Barcelona during the current transfer period.

Dieter Müller: “It would be a shame for Bayern if Lewandowski left”

However, Müller would regret it if Lewandowski left Bayern: “It would be a shame for Bayern Munich if Lewandowski left. And also for German football. He is an exceptional striker. But I think he will stay. Like Bayern Lewandowski If they gave it away, it would be a very big loss. They can’t afford that.”

Bavaria’s Honorary President Uli Hoeneß recently suspected that Lewandowski’s willingness to emigrate was “only about the money”. Müller sees it differently: “Maybe Lewandowski wants another challenge. He’s 33 now. I don’t believe what Uli Hoeneß says: that it’s about the money. I can’t imagine that. Money doesn’t matter anymore. He’s already made so much money!”

Müller assumes that FC Bayern’s interest in Erling Haaland is a main reason for Lewandowski’s desire to change: “I think that Lewandowski was perhaps a little disappointed that Bayern negotiated with Erling Haaland behind his back. I think personal vanities also play a role.”

In addition to his station in Stuttgart, Dieter Müller also played for Kickers Offenbach, 1. FC Köln, Girondins Bordeaux, Grasshopper Zurich and 1. FC Saarbrücken. He scored a total of 177 goals in the Bundesliga and 48 goals in the DFB Cup. Only icon Gerd Müller scored more often in the cup.

Dieter Müller is immortalized on the “Walk of Fame”.

For his performances in the DFB Cup, Müller was honored with a place on the “Walk of Fame” during the DFB Cup final last Saturday.

The DFB Cup “Walk of Fame” was launched in 2013/14 on the occasion of the 70th DFB Cup held by DFB and Volkswagen at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. Two players are accepted every year: a historic cup hero and the best player of the previous competition. Outfield players are immortalized on the memorandum with their footprints and goalkeepers with their handprints.

Does Müller sometimes wonder what it would be like if he were traded on the transfer market these days? “Well, I was top scorer twice and scored an incredible number of goals,” said the striker, who still holds the record with six goals in a single Bundesliga game: “But I’ve actually given up the habit of thinking that way in life. That it’s all useless. Just for fun I would think to myself: ‘How much transfer fee would I cost?’ Then I would be a millionaire too.”

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