by Mark Bassey
Robert Lewandowski has admitted that it was time for him to leave Borussia Dortmund, after he was unveiled as a Bayern Munich player on Wednesday.
The Polish striker arrived at the Allianz Arena on a free transfer and has signed a five-year contract with the reigning Bundesliga champions.
Lewandowski, who will take over Mario Mandzukic’s number 9 jersey, said at the press conference: “I was four years at Borussia. I knew it was time to make the next step.
“I know that every new player needs time but I hope the transition won’t take long for me and that I’ll be able to give my best from the first game.”
The 25-year-old did not play at the World Cup since Poland failed to qualify and he says he is ready to fire from all cylinders from the first game.
“I feel very well,” he said. “I had a lovely holiday and my batteries are full again.”
Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer, also expressed his delight at Lewandowski’s arrival, although the move was agreed since January.
“He delivered extraordinary performances in Dortmund even though the transfer was already fixed,” he said.
“That’s the stuff champions are made of.”