If Robert Lewandowski decides to leave Bayern Munich this summer, pretty much all of Europe’s elite clubs will be competing for his signature.
The Poland international is widely regarded as one of the best - if not the best - number nines in world football and his reputation has skyrocketed since leaving Borussia Dortmund for the Allianz Arena in 2014.
It was reported last month, by the Telegraph, that Lewandowski was ready to snub interest from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in order to secure a dream move to Real Madrid. However, the 27-year-old has been warned by former Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber to resist a transfer to either of the big two in Spain.
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"Lewandowski should not thinking about signing for another club,” Elber was quoted as saying by Goal. “He can win the Champions League with Bayern, the league and the cup.
"If you sign for Real or Barca it can be that you don't play. I hope Lewandowski stays at Munich."
Elber speaks from experience
Elber is a man who speaks from experience. The former Brazil international was never the same player after leaving Bayern Munich, where he scored 138 goals in 265 appearances, for Lyon in 2003.
But it must be noted that Elber was in his early 30s when he left the Bundesliga giants.
Lewandowski doesn’t turn 28 until August and may feel that, in order to enhance his prospects of winning a Ballon d’Or award, moving to a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona is the only option.
Elber might have a good point
He shouldn’t dismiss Elber’s advice altogether, though.
The Pole would find it nigh-on impossible to earn a place in the current Barcelona starting line-up, while both Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are huge fans of Real Madrid’s first-choice striker Karim Benzema.
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