Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has vowed to sign off his Borussia Dortmund career in style by beating future employers Bayern Munich to win the German Cup.
Lewandowski, who joined Dortmund from Polish side Lech Poznan in 2010, will join Bayern on a free transfer in the summer having agreed a five-year-deal with the Bundesliga champions, and becomes the second player in as many seasons to make the move following Mario Gotze’s £31.5million transfer last summer.
The 25-year-old made his final appearance in front of the Dortmund crowd at the Westfalenstadion during Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Hoffenheim and was given a standing ovation by the home supporters when he was substituted by manager Jurgen Klopp in the 90th minute.
“I knew it would be the last time I would walk over to the coach and the bench wearing Borussia Dortmund colours at this ground,” Lewandowski told reporters.
“Obviously it was a difficult moment, but what I heard from the fans before, during and after game was amazing and I can only say thank you to them.
“The atmosphere and my emotions are still very intense, even now.”
After the game, Lewandowski was keen to acknowledge the part Dortmund had played in his development and to ensure supporters that, despite his impending move, there was still plenty to play for.
"I've learned a lot here in Dortmund and I know that I'm a better player now than I was four years ago," he added.
"But there's still a lot of football to be played. It was my last game in Dortmund but we still have two more matches to play in Berlin.
"These have been four fantastic years for me at BVB and they're not over yet. I've scored a lot of goals and experienced so many great moments here, both in the Champions League and in the Bundesliga.
"We won the league twice and hopefully we can win the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) twice as well. My story here isn't over yet."
Although he failed to find the net against Hoffenheim, Lewandowski could take the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer crown for his own if he can add to his tally of 18 strikes against Hertha Berlin next week, although the striker maintains that such personal accolades are not the priority.
"I don't want to put myself under any pressure," he concluded.
"If I am top scorer at the end of the season that would obviously be great. But it's harder to do that if you put extra pressure on yourself."
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