Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer claims Chelsea-linked striker Robert Lewandowski will “definitely play” for the German club for at least the next two seasons.

Despite some good performances, Timo Werner has struggled to become the prolific goalscorer Chelsea desire with Jorginho their top goalscorer in the Premier League last campaign.

A departure from Stamford Bridge could be on the cards for the 25-year-old and there have been rumours that he is open to a move back to Germany.

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Lewandowski, meanwhile, is thought to be one of Thomas Tuchel’s top alternatives if they fail to complete a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

It had been claimed that the Pole is ‘interested’ in a Chelsea transfer, and Werner’s willingness to leave the club, alongside Bayern’s reported interest in the German, could make a deal easier to materialise.

However, Bayern president Hainer expects Lewandowski to see out the final two years of his contract in Bavaria.

Hainer told Goal: “Firstly, in my opinion, Lewandowski is best striker in the world. We are so happy that we have him in our team.

“He still has two more years on his contract. He will definitely play those with Bayern Munch. I said it already a few weeks ago – I could imagine him staying with us for even longer. He will honour his contract.

“He will definitely play the next two seasons here in Bayern Munich.”

Ross Barkley is one player who definitely looks to be on their way out at Stamford Bridge with Newcastle United understood to be interested.

He spent last season on loan at Aston Villa where he contributed three goals and one assist in 24 Premier League appearances.

And former Premier League striker Noel Whelan thinks a move to Newcastle would represent a chance for Barkley to be a regular starter in a Premier League side.

Whelan told Football Insider: “We saw glimpses of his quality at Villa but I don’t think he game them enough over the season.

“It was a great opportunity for him last season and let’s be honest, he spurned it.

“His next move could be his last shot at a Premier League club. It didn’t work out at Everton, Chelsea or Villa so if Newcastle given him an opportunity he has got to make it work.

“Does he want to be a squad player for the rest of his career? Newcastle could be the place where he re-ignites his career but he has to be ready to take his chance.

“He looked lost at Villa when Jack Grealish wan’t playing last season.”


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