Lewandowski confirms Bayern deal

The Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has confirmed he will sign a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich in January.

Lewandowski revealed his desire to join the German and European champions over the summer, but when the club refused to sell him to their biggest domestic rival, he accepted he would have to remain at Dortmund until next year when his contract expires.

The 25-year-old has reportedly already agreed terms on next summer’s switch to the Bavarian club, and he doesn’t care who knows about it.

When asked by Sport1 television channel whether he could announce his switch to Bayern, the Poland international responded: “Yes, because then I can officially sign a contract.”

Inevitably, questions will be asked of Dortmund’s handling of the affair.  Yes, a principle was at stake and yes Mario Gotze had just revealed he would be leaving to join Bayern, but in turning down a €25 million offer last summer, in the knowledge that Lewandowski could leave for nothing 12 months later, it is hard to escape the conclusion that they have bitten off their nose to spite their face.