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Saturday 21 October 2017

Lewandowski ready as Mandzukic exits

Robert Lewandowski. Picture: Sven Hoppe/AP
Robert Lewandowski. Picture: Sven Hoppe/AP

POLAND striker Robert Lewandowski says his "batteries are full" and that he's looking forward to improving as a player at Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski, who joined the Bundesliga champions on a free transfer from league rivals Borussia Dortmund, says at his presentation that his new club is "the yardstick, the club where I can win many titles."

Lewandowski scored 74 goals and set up 31 more in 131 Bundesliga games for Dortmund since joining from Polish side Lech Poznan in 2010.

He helped Dortmund claim the Bundesliga in his first two seasons at the club, as well as the German Cup in his second, though the side finished runner-up to Bayern the past two seasons.

Lewandowski, whose contract expired this summer, signed a five-year-deal with Bayern in 
January.

Agreement

Meanwhile, Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer says Mario Mandzukic is leaving the club for Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

Sammer says: "There is a verbal agreement between Atletico and Bayern as well as between Atletico and Mario Mandzukic. Nothing is signed yet. But I think each other's word can be relied upon."

Media reports have indicated that Atletico agreed to a transfer fee of around 322million for the 28-year-old Croatia striker.

Mandzukic, who scored 33 goals and set up eight more in 54 Bundesliga games for Bayern, had a contract with the club until 2016.

Lewandowski is effectively Mandzukic's replacement at Bayern.

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