Lewandowski fully focused on Wales game amid Barcelona links, insists Poland boss Michniewicz

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Poland international Lewandowski Credit: PA Images
Poland international Lewandowski Credit: PA Images

Poland boss Czeslaw Michniewicz has insisted that Robert Lewandowski is focused on beating Wales amid reports linking him with Barcelona.

The forward has one year remaining on his Bayern Munich contract and he is keen to join Barcelona this summer.

Michniewicz has confirmed that Lewandowski will start against Wales in Poland’s UEFA Nations League opener on Wednesday.

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He said: “Robert will be on the pitch from the very first minute.

“From the very beginning when I first met Robert in Munich to now I am not seeing any change in his behaviour.

“This medium noise, we will see what happens. But he has been busy in training and wanted to beat all the players in the small-sided games.”

Lewandowski has twice won the best FIFA Men’s Player Award during his eight-year Bayern career, and his pledge to quit the club has enraged the German giants.

Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn accused Lewandowski of showing a lack of respect to his employers, saying “appreciation is not a one-way street”.

On Lewandowski’s future, Michniewicz added: “He said he hopes this matter will end very quickly.

“If this is uncertain it will have impact on you. He says he wants to change club, Barcelona or any other I don’t know.

“I’m not concerned about it. I know Robert will take a good decision.

“He has a lot of advisers, he is an experienced player and an experienced man, and plays at the world level.”

World Cup-bound Poland are set to be without Aston Villa full-back Matty Cash at the Tarczynski Arena, as well as Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik and Charlotte’s former Derby winger Kamil Jozwiak.

Wales will rest frontline players Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen ahead of Sunday’s World Cup play-off final against Scotland or Ukraine, with boss Robert Page promising to field a much-changed line-up.

Michniewicz said: “I plan to use the 23 players to get the optimum out of the situation. We know Wales will make changes because they have a bigger match on Sunday.

“We had this game in March and we expect them to do this, that is normal.

“But they will still have a lot of physicality, good runners and advantages in the game.

“It doesn’t have significance because we analyse the team as a whole.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves and build our football. We have fantastic potential and the team is capable of doing it.”

 

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