The Poland captain has completed his move to Barcelona from Bayern Munich in a deal worth up to €50 million.
Robert Lewandowski has set himself the target of helping to restore Barcelona’s glory days by winning ‘as many titles as possible’.
The 33-year-old striker has become the club’s fourth new summer signing after his previous club, Bayern Munich, accepted an improved offer of around €50 million, including add-ons, from Barca on Friday.
He promptly signed a three-year contract to complete the transfer and joined his new teammates in Florida over the weekend for Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the United States.
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Lewandowski’s first words as a Barcelona player
Speaking for the first time as a Barcelona player, Lewandowski outlined his hopes of winning silverware at Camp Nou after fulling a long-held ambition of playing for a La Liga club.
“Finally, I’m here,” the Pole told BarcaTV.
“I’m very happy to join Barcelona and to be here. The last few days were very long, but in the end, the deal is done. Now I can focus on a new chapter in my life, a new challenge while remaining the guy who wants to win – not just games but titles.
“I hope that from the beginning of the season we’ll get off to a winning start and continue like that until the end of the season. I always wanted to play in La Liga and to play for a big club. That’s the opportunity I now have. And also for my private life. For Barcelona, it’s time to get back on track. That’s why I’m here, to help Barcelona to do that, to get back on top and win as many titles as possible.”
Xavi talks were key
Lewandowski, who accepted personal terms with Barca as far back as February, also opened up on how meeting manager Xavi Hernandez proved decisive.
“I’ve spoken with Xavi from the beginning,” he revealed.
“I knew that his mind and his ideas are good. That made it easy for me to decide to come to Barcelona because I’m a guy who wants to win. With Xavi, he knows exactly how to coach Barcelona. He was an amazing player and now he’s also a very good coach. He has an amazing future and I want to be part of this, too.”
Barcelona face MLS side Inter Miami this Wednesday morning for their next pre-season friendly in Fort Lauderdale.