Robert Lewandowski will not be joining former Borussia Dortmund teammate Mario Gotze at Bayern Munich in 2013, according to Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. Bayern was widely expected to sign the Polish striker this summer, but Watzke has revealed that the club never received a formal offer.
"Robert Lewandowski will definitely not transfer to Bayern Munich in 2013," Watzke told Bild. "This is final. We have informed Robert and his advisers. The Bayern case is closed because there was no written offer." Last week, Lewandowski said he expected to move to his “club of choice” in a few days, but Watke says that Bayern never made a formal offer.
"It is absolutely legitimate for a player to express such a wish," Watzke said. "There were two phone calls in the past four weeks with Bayern. We told Bayern that due to stock exchange rules [Dortmund are a listed company] we need a written offer for Lewandowski. But until today, no offer has come in. If Robert wants to go to Munich he will have another chance next year."
The Dortmund CEO would not rule out a move to another club, however. "I am not saying he will definitely stay but he will certainly not be playing for Bayern in 2013," Watzke said. "Everything else will be discussed with Robert and his advisers in the coming days. Our wish is for Robert to play for Borussia Dortmund next season."