Bayern CEO Insists Robert Lewandowski Will '100%' Stay Despite Real Madrid Links

Real Madrid have been linked with Robert Lewandowski but Bayern Munich want to keep him

Real Madrid have been linked with Robert Lewandowski but Bayern Munich want to keep him

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out selling Robert Lewandowski, who is reportedly a target for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Lewandowski, but he is contracted to Bayern until 2021, and they remain insistent that he is staying put.

He will speak to club chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge next month but admits he still does not know whether or not to continue playing.

The two-time Ballon d'Or victor recalled memories of Chelsea's attempts to sign Franck Ribery a decade ago - reportedly for around €80m and Jose Bosingwa - saying that the club had proved then that they would never be forced to sell a player if they did not want that player to leave.

"I like to recall 2008, when we received what was an incredible offer at the time for Ribery", Rummenigge said.

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"What is our motivation to change our direction?" he said.

Bayern Munich and Germany captain Manuel Neuer on Tuesday returned to perform running exercises on the pitch at the Bavarian club's sports city, a step toward the goalkeeper's return to play after a long absence due to injury.

Despite his age the former Chelsea winger is still enjoying an excellent campaign with six goals and 10 assists from his 27 appearances in all competitions.

The Dutch winger joined the Bundesliga giants from Real Madrid in 2009 and retired from worldwide football previous year.

"That is a red herring that has landed on a Munich lake", Rummenigge said. Both veteran wingers are entering the final months of their one-year deals.

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