Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski should not have any bad blood between them if the striker moves on, says Holger Badstuber.
The Poland captain has made it clear he wants to leave the Bundesliga champions, with Barcelona eager to bring him to Camp Nou.
But with a year left on his contract and no obvious successor to the two-time European Golden Shoe winner, Bayern are playing hardball.
That has led to a particularly testy war of words between Lewandowski and the club - but former Bayern man Badstuber believes there should be no animosity if he departs.
"I think that the mutual appreciation should be here," Badstuber told Stats Perform.
"Bayern did a lot for Robert Lewandowski and Lewandowski did his job, which is scoring goals and he always represented Bayern well.
"So, in this case there should not be bad blood if Lewandowski decides to choose another path again."
1 - Robert Lewandowski is the only player in Bundesliga history to score more goals (312) than his team conceded (311) while he was on the pitch (min. 10+ appearances). Incrediblewandowski. pic.twitter.com/WVG6eaaqGf— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) June 7, 2022
Badstuber is intrigued to see who the Bavarian grants would bring in if the prolific Lewandowski leaves.
"It’s clear that Bayern must find an heir, an interesting candidate," he added. "Who knows who’s already on the radar or who they already have an eye on.
"It for sure is going to be interesting what comes, whenever that will be.
"For Hasan Salihamidzic it again is a task which he must solve with his team, and I think also with the coach."