Jurgen Klinsmann labelled Robert Lewandowski as a legend for Bayern Munich after his move to Barcelona, while he has no doubts the Bundesliga champions would welcome the striker back.
Lewandowski secured his long-awaited move to Barca earlier in the week.
And he was leaving in a deal worth up to € 50 million as he penned a four-year contract.
The Poland talisman scored 50 goals in all competitions last season, the most in Europe’s top five leagues, and leaves behind a legacy in the Bundesliga.
Lewandowski scored 312 Bundesliga goals across spells with Bayern and Borussia Dortmund.
Only Gerd Muller (365) managing more in the competition’s history.
After departing Bayern having accumulated 344 goals and 57 assists across 375 appearances in all competitions, Klinsmann insists Lewandowski will be remembered fondly by the Bavarian giants.
Klinsmann, who played for Bayern between 1995 and 1997, told GOAL:
“Well, I think there’s a little sadness in the short term.
“Maybe also a little attention because there was still hope that he would stay and not leave.
“I think you let the grass grow for a couple of months, and then all Bayern Munich fans, the club, and everyone involved will be forever thankful to Robert for what he’s done.
“He will be one of the biggest legends in the club’s history, one of the most exciting and exceptional players.
“There will be an opportunity when he comes back. Maybe it’s a friendly game, or maybe even, down the road, a European cup competition or whatever, where he will get exceptional reception from the Bayern fans.
“For a couple of weeks, maybe there will be a little bitterness for some of the fans, but that goes away, definitely goes away. So he will be one of their greatest.”
Bayern had already brought in Sadio Mane from Liverpool, alongside Ajax duo Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui, before signing Matthijs de Ligt after Lewandowski’s departure.
Having won the Bundesliga for an unprecedented 10th time in a row last season.
Klinsmann cannot envisage Bayern relinquishing their German top-flight dominance shortly.
“I think they’ve done tremendously well.
“They came up with Mane, and I was happy.
“I thought he was at the right place there with Jurgen Klopp.
“And he’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic, with Liverpool and the national team.
“And we’ll see him in Qatar in November and December.
“So to get him from Liverpool is a big deal, a huge deal.
“Then they added another massive piece in De Ligt, a very young, highly-promising centre back and growing at 22. He’s already a leader. That’s huge.
“Knowing Bayern Munich, they’re always looking. They’re constantly checking the market, and when there’s the opportunity to get another one or two very crucial pieces for their puzzle, they’re going to do it.
“Don’t be surprised if they do it but from one of their main rivals because that’s what they traditionally did over the last 30-40 years, but they’ve already kind of covered up a lot in this transfer market and any other player now coming in as just another piece of quality.”
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