Robert Lewandowski has revealed that enjoying underneath Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich was a key motive behind his transfer to Barcelona this summer time.
After pining for a transfer to the Catalan membership for months, Lewandowski ultimately bought his want lately, signing a four-year deal on the membership.
Talking to Diario Sport forward of Barca’s La Liga opener vs Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, the prolific ahead mentioned Guardiola’s affect on his determination to signal for the membership, stating: “Guardiola’s philosophy and his model for caring for and managing the group was like bringing Barcelona to Bayern Munich.
“Xavi is similar to Guardiola. They had been each sixes they usually labored collectively. They consider soccer in the identical method. With that in thoughts, Barcelona was the one choice for me. It was nice preparation.
“I didn’t discuss to Guardiola earlier than signing. However after I was with him at Bayern it was like a terrific preparation to come back to Barcelona sooner or later.
“All of the employees had been Spanish and there have been eight Spanish gamers. Throughout that interval I had an excellent relationship with Thiago and Javi Martinez. Each of them congratulated me after I signed for Barcelona.”
Lewandowski additionally revealed that his spouse, Anna, additionally had an enormous position to play within the ahead transferring to the Camp Nou: “It’s clear that we’ve got to determine all the things collectively. We had been speaking about this risk for weeks. We’ve by no means closed ourselves off to new chapters, we wished a brand new problem.
“We all know how shortly time passes within the profession of an elite athlete and we wished to do one thing new, one thing massive. It’s not one thing that occurred in a single day however a means of maturation.”