Bayern Munich are in the process of offering star striker Robert Lewandowski a new and improved contract, but the Bundesliga champions will not be paying the Pole ‘crazy’ wages.
The 27-year-old’s current deal runs until June 2019 but the Bavarians are determined to lock in the former Borussia Dortmund hitman amid interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Discussions are ongoing but Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – who played for the German giants between 1974 and 1984 – has suggested negotiations could be drawn out over wage demands.
‘We have had a number of meetings with Lewandowski’s agents. We are ready to renew his contract,’ Rummenigge told Bild.
‘We will definitely not sell him. But we have always been willing to change a player’s contract if the situation or his value changes.
‘We will not be paying the kind of wages on offer at Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, though. We are paying some very good wages, but those clubs are paying crazy figures.
‘You do not win more trophies [by paying such wages] anyway.’
In his second season at Bayern, Lewandowski scored a hugely impressive 30 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances last term, and 42 in 51 in all competitions, as Bayern cruised to a domestic double, also lifting the German Cup.