Robert Lewandowski has said it’s time for Barcelona to ‘get back on track’ after securing his long-awaited move to Camp Nou, as the Poland international has revealed he’s always dreamed of playing in La Liga.
Barcelona confirmed on Saturday that they have reached an agreement in principle to sign Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, before agreeing a deal worth 50 million euros for the 33-year-old on Sunday.
Lewandowski scored 50 goals in all competitions as Bayern won a 10th successive Bundesliga title last season, but has made clear his desire to join the Catalan giants at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old leaves Bayern after scoring 312 Bundesliga goals, a tally only bettered by legendary striker Gerd Muller (365), and will provide a new focal point for a Barcelona side who have scored 12 fewer goals than the Real Madrid, La Liga champions, last season. .
After joining his new Blaugrana teammates in Florida ahead of a friendly against Inter Miami, Lewandowski is aiming to return Barcelona to the top of the Spanish game, the league title having eluded the club since 2018-19.
“Finally I’m here, I’m very happy,” Lewandowski told club media. “The last few days have been very long but in the end the deal is done, so I can focus on a new chapter in my life, a new challenge.
“I’m always the guy who wants to win, not just games but titles, so hopefully from the start of the season we’re going to start winning, and go to [win] titles at the end of the season.
“I always wanted to play in La Liga, I wanted to play for the big clubs.
“Now this is my next step, this opportunity that I had. Also for my private life, it is a new challenge, a new life.
“It’s time to get [Barcelona] on the right track and that’s why I’m here, to help Barcelona be on top and win as many titles as possible.
“For me, the goals are always high. We have so many good players with incredible quality, and we know that with this team we can achieve a lot this season, I’m sure it’s going to be like that.”
Lewandowski joins Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha in signing for Barcelona in this transfer window as Xavi looks to reshape his squad after finishing far behind Madrid in La Liga last season.
And the striker believes Xavi is the right man to revive Barca after a difficult couple of seasons, as he revealed he had been in contact with the former midfielder throughout his transfer saga.
“I was talking with Xavi, from the start I knew his idea was going in the right direction, with this idea it was easy for me to decide to come to Barcelona,” he added.
“I know I’m the guy who wants to play, to win, and I think with Xavi it’s very possible.
“He knows exactly how to coach Barcelona because he was an incredible player, now he’s also a very good coach with an incredible future and I want to be part of that too.”