Kirchhoff glad to escape Bayern

The former Mainz star had grown frustrated with his role as a substitute and is keen to prove his worth at his new club

Jan Kirchhoff is looking forward to his loan spell with Schalke and believes he needed to get away from Bayern Munich in order to get regular playing time again.

The 23-year-old agreed an 18-month loan at the Veltins Arena after making just seven substitute Bundesliga appearances for Bayern this term following his close-season arrival from Mainz and Kirchhoff has admitted he had become frustrated at a lack of first-team football under Pep Guardiola.

“The situation in Munich was not easy for me,” he told Schalke’s official website.

“I learned a lot in half a year, but just did not play too much. I had reached a point where I said that I was no longer satisfied.

“I am very happy that the transfer worked. I am very grateful and look forward to a new challenge at a great club.”

Kirchhoff’s first league game for his new club could come on January 26 when they return to Bundesliga action against Hamburg.

Lewandowski move less emotional than Gotze deal – Muller

The Germany international believes there were contrasting motives and events leading to both transfers

Thomas Muller says Robert Lewandowski’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich at the end of the season will not prove to be as emotional for the BVB fans as Mario Gotze’s move last year.

Bayern announced on Saturday that the Poland international has signed a five-year deal with FCB and will join his new club on a free transfer at the end of the season, making him the second Dortmund player to make the move to the Allianz Arena within a year after Gotze’s transfer in the summer of 2013.

However, Muller does not think that the 25-year-old’s imminent departure will anger the Dortmund faithful as much as Gotze’s exit.

“I don’t think he faces a difficult last few months at Dortmund. People already knew that he would leave BVB. It’s not as emotional as with Mario Gotze,” Muller told Bild.

“The announcement that Lewandowski will join Bayern did not surprise me. The transfer was to be expected.

“I don’t know him personally, so I’ll just let him surprise me. He has had a good season so far and I don’t think that he will score less goals now all of a sudden.”

Lewandowski has netted 11 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances so far this term.

Arsenal looked at signing Lewandowski, reveals Wenger

The Gunners boss claims that the Poland international had opted to join Bayern Munich over a year ago and rules out a move in January for the Bavarians’ Mario Mandzukic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he looked into the possibility of signing Robert Lewandowski before Bayern Munich confirmed the impending acquisition of the Borussia Dortmund striker.

The Poland international, who has scored 15 goals for BVB this term, will join the German champions on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Despite the arrival of Lewandowski to the Allianz Arena in the summer, Wenger claims that Bayern will not be willing to sell Mario Mandzukic during the January transfer window but hinted that the Croatian’s situation could change.

“We looked into it but, honestly, [Lewandowski] signed one-and-a-half years ago,” the Gunners boss told reporters.

“Lewandowski is at Dortmund until the end of the season and Bayern will not sell Mandzukic now. Maybe at the end of the season.”

As exclusively revealed by Goal in December, Lewandowski was part of a five-man Arsenal shortlist for strikers to target in January, including Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, but Wenger concedes that securing a high-profile signing will be difficult before the end of the season.

“All the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets,” the Frenchman added.

“Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation, it will be difficult – or if we find someone like [Serge] Gnabry at that age when no-one knows them.”

Robben: Lewandowski a super Bayern signing

The Dutchman is delighted at the latest addition at the Allianz Arena and is happy with his own progress as he recovers from injury

Arjen Robben says Robert Lewandowski is “one of the world’s best strikers” ahead of the Pole’s summer move to Bayern Munich.

One of the worst kept secrets in football was finally let out of the bag on Saturday as Lewandowski’s future switch from Borussia Dortmund to Bavaria was confirmed, and Robben believes his addition will only see die Roten grow stronger.

“I think Lewandowksi is a super player,” the Dutchman, 29, told Sport 1. “He is really good, he’s one of the world’s best strikers.

“Our squad will be even better and we are already really strong at the moment, so this can only be a positive thing.”

The former Chelsea winger also chatted about his current recovery – having picked up an injury at the start of December – and he is hopeful that a return to the pitch can coincide with a new contract, as his current deal ends in 2015.

“My recovery from injury is going well,” Robben added. “The winter break was great, I was able to recover and, at the same time, it allowed me to grow stronger.

“I’m starting with individual training, then we’ll see from day to day how it goes. I can be patient and will try to increase my workload every day.

“I await patiently [on new contract discussions]. Discussions could start in a week or even in a few months.”

Klopp: Lewandowski not bigger than Dortmund

The successful trainer is confident that last year’s Champions League finalists will overcome the attacker’s exit

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has stressed that no one is bigger than the club in the wake of Robert Lewandowski’s decision to leave BVB for Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The Bavarians announced on Saturday that the Poland international has signed a five-year deal with his new club, but Klopp is not too bothered by Lewandowski’s imminent departure.

“Players can always be bought by other teams, but the club Borussia Dortmund are bigger than any player. It’s all about having a good plan for the future. Things will go on, I have no doubt about that,” Klopp said at a press conference.

“Robert’s decision is perfectly fine with us. We knew about his decision to leave for quite some time. Robert has never looked as if he wasn’t focused on Dortmund.

“That his next club is official now is perfect timing. There would only have been a lof of speculation otherwise.”

Lewandowski himself, meanwhile, has made it clear that he will continue to give his all for BVB.

“Dear BVB fans, I would like to say a few words to you,” an open letter on the Dortmund website reads.

“With half a year to go, there are still some goals we want to achieve together. I hope you will support me, even if some of you don’t agree with my decision! I for one will give my all for BVB! 

“Yours, Robert Lewandowski.”

The 25-year-old has scored 11 goals in 17 league appearances so far this season.