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Robert Lewandowski has shed some more light on being close to joining Manchester United in 2012, saying he felt “ready” to make the move before Borussia Dortmund pulled him off.
Lewandowski has been one of the best strikers in the world for the past decade and he only seems to be getting better. Now 32 years old, he just beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the 2020 FIFA Best Male Player Award.
In 2012, he was just beginning his rise to the top and had the world at his feet after a 30-goal season helped BVB to a second consecutive Bundesliga title.
It wasn’t until 2014 that he moved to Bayern Munich, but his extended stay in Dortmund was not because he didn’t want to try it at the biggest clubs in Europe. United, preparing for what would be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season at the club, were very interested and the interest was mutual.
“After my second year in Dortmund, I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Lewandowski said in an interview with France Soccer. “He wanted me in Manchester.
“I was very interested. I can even say I was ready. But Dortmund didn’t want to let me go. That didn’t bother me too much because things were going well with Dortmund.”
The news of the measure that could not be is not news. It’s something the Polish forward has talked about openly in the past, admitting earlier this year that he was honored that the legendary Ferguson realized his talents.
Lewandowski said The Guardian in February: “I was talking to him [Ferguson] after two years in Dortmund and at the time I was really thinking of a move, for Ferguson and for Manchester United.
Borussia Dortmund said: ‘No, that’s it.’ That was the first time I thought about the move because if you get a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, for a young player, it is an amazing thing. That was a special day for me. “