KKS Lech Poznań insist they are in no hurry to sell striking starlet Robert Lewandowski, with director Marek Pogorzelczyk saying: "If big clubs want him now, they'll want him even more in years to come."
At 20, Lewandowski is regarded as a massive star of the future in Poland. He has been nicknamed the Polish Fernando Torres or the Polish Marco van Basten, even though he models himself on Thierry Henry, but for now, he is keeping his targets relatively modest. "The main thing is to win the title with Lech," he told uefa.com. "Second, I want to get as far as possible in the UEFA Cup, and last but not least, to be top scorer in the Ekstraklasa."
Eight goals in 13 games is a decent start in that respect, with the three-times international seeking a famous first in Polish football. The player who began his career at tiny Partisan Leszno was the leading marksman in the third division two seasons ago with 15 strikes for Znicz Pruszkow, then top-scored in the second division with 21 goals for the same club last time out. He is on the road to another golden boot, but such achievements bring attention.
Lech signed Lewandowski from Znicz for about €400,000, yet with his stock rising in accordance with his performances, particularly in the UEFA Cup group stage, they are already hearing of interest from foreign clubs. For the moment, president Jacek Rutkowski is unmoved, saying: "There is no chance of him leaving Lech in the near future." Sporting director Pogorzelczyk added: "If big clubs want him now, they'll want him even more in years to come."
Football's gain has been volleyball's loss, with the player's mother, Iwona Lewandowska, having been eager for her son to play her favourite sport. "I am not that tall, so in volleyball I could only be a libero, and I don't like being a defender," said Lewandowski. "I am a natural-born striker. That's why I chose football."
He should have good reason to be thankful for that choice as his career unfolds, and may also be grateful to the church. His local priest agreed to cut short his first communion service to allow him to play an important match. His mother recalled: "He begged his father to negotiate with the priest who finally cut a little bit off the mass. Then Robert got to the car, tore off his suit, put on his kit and went off to play."
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