BERLIN, Germany, June 2 – Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry said on Thursday he hopes the Bundesliga champions will quickly settle the issue of striker Robert Lewandowski, who is booming amid reports that Barcelona are eager to sign the Polish star.
“It’s a bit of a shame that it always goes back and forth,” Gnabry said of the Germany squad as he prepared to face Italy in the Nations League this Saturday in Bologna.
“As a teammate and member of the club, I hope there will be a peaceful solution.”
Lewandowski caused a stir on Monday by insisting that “my Bayern Munich story is over” while on duty with Poland.
The 33-year-old scored 35 Bundesliga goals last season to help Bayern win a tenth consecutive German league title, but has made it clear he wants to leave after eight years in Munich.
Senior club bosses have repeatedly said Lewandowski will be bound by his contract with Bayern, but Barcelona would like to sign him on a three-year contract.
Bayern star Thomas Mueller also entered the debate, telling Kicker magazine that “‘Lewy’ has a valid contract and I would like my longtime partner to stay”.
“Of course the business (of football) is such that things can turn out differently. In general, the club is bigger than us players,” added Mueller.
Like Lewandowski, Gnabry is also out of contract next year but the German winger has been tight-lipped about signing an extension.
“I don’t want to comment on my own contractual situation here, so please don’t ask me any more questions,” he told reporters laconically.
According to British and German media, Bayern are close to signing Senegal winger Sadio Mane from Liverpool.
Gnabry, who normally plays on the right wing, declined to comment on the possibility of Mane, who plays on the left or as a striker, playing for Bayern next season.
However, German starlet Karim Adeyemi, who joins rivals Bayern Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg, says Mane’s possible transfer to Munich would be good for the Bundesliga.
“Mane is a fantastic player and I told a lot of people about him in Salzburg,” said the 20-year-old.
“You can see how well he has developed.
“I see him as one of the strongest wingers in the world and I think he’s better there than in the center of attack.”