Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has spoken of his desire to add to his personal collection of silverware head of his free transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
"It's got to be my goal to win and collect titles," Lewandowski told Bild.
"I'm certainly going to have better chances with Bayern."
Lewandowski agreed his move to the Allianz Arena back in January but showed no signs of distraction as he went on to top the Bundesliga goalscoring charts for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The 25-year-old arrived at Dortmund in 2010 from Polish outfit Lech Poznan scoring 74 league goals as well as a further 17 strikes in the Champions League and the striker was keen to recognise the role the club had played in his development and insisted that Klopp’s men would continue to be a threat without him:
"It was a fantastic time which I will never forget," he added.
"But the time had come for me to take the next step.
"Dortmund have always been capable of signing good players after others leave and I'm sure they will do that again.
"Dortmund are going to be challengers again next season, I'm certain of that."
Lewandowski will be aiming to make a success of his move away from the Westfalenstadion, something his former colleagues have found difficult to do in the past.
Striker Lucas Barrios left Dortmund to join Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for €8.5 million following a successful three seasons which saw the Argentinian born Paragauy international net 39 times in 83 Bundesliga outings before a fall out over pay saw the forward join Spartak Moscow for whom he has manager just one league goal.
Star midfielder Nuri Sahin won the Bundesliga player of the year as they claimed the title in 2010/2011 before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid where he just made four league appearances eventually moving briefly on loan to Liverpool before undergoing an 18-month loan spell back with Dortmund culminating in a permanent return to Sigal Iduna Park.
More recently Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa left Germany to join Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United after two seasons with Dortmund that yielded 21 goals in 38 games operating up alongside Lewandowski.
Kagawa has failed to hold down a regular first team place at Old Trafford and has often operated from the left hand side of an attacking trio rather than his preferred central role where he faces stiff competition from Wayne Rooney and now Juan Mata. The diminutive forward has been strongly linked with a return to Dortmund although his agent has insisted he will remain in Manchester where he will hope for more opportunities under new manager Louis van Gaal.
Things look more promising for Lewandowski however, who looks set to be Pep Guardiola’s first choice striker in a dominant Bayern team with Mario Mandzukic looking set for a swift exit amidst reports of a bust up with the Spanish coach and there are a number of English club interested in his services.
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