Bayern expect Lewi to join next summer
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he is sure Robert Lewandowski will move to Bavaria on a free next summer, telling SportBild: "I assume they are quite aware of that in Dortmund."
Rummeingge also moved to rule out any attempt by Bayern to move for Lewandowski – who has long been linked with a switch to the club – in the interim.
His prediction echoed that of Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, who earlier this week told Welt am Sonntag he fully expected the Poland international striker - who Dortmund have refused to sell - to move for nothing in 12 months' time.
Dortmund chief executive Aki Watzke was quoted by Bild last month as saying: "Robert Lewandowski will definitely not make the switch to FC Bayern in 2013. That's final. We have informed Robert and his agents."
Rummenigge said that he was "under the impression the statement from Mr Watzke stands” and went on to contradict Dortmund claims that a written offer would have been needed to kick-start any transfer talks.
“I am not a stock market expert from A to Z, but to say that you need a written offer, as a [market] listed club to give an ad hoc message to the shareholders is just not right,” he said. “This only needs to be done when the sale is certain.
“The football business does not work that way. We never made a written offer. We have our reasons for that. But we would have been ready to sit down with Dortmund.”
Lewandowski, meanwhile, has started pre-season in “good spirits”, according to reports, as he prepares for his final season with the Champions League runners-up.