Volcano eruption once stopped Lewandowski transfer to Premier League: 'If I had gone there, it would've been nice'

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Volcano eruption once stopped Lewandowski transfer to Premier League: 'If I had gone there, it would've been nice'

In 2010, Robert Lewandowski was close to signing for Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League. Robert, 21 years old at the time, was playing in Poland for Lech Poznan and a transfer to England would've been a step-up in his career.

Lewandowski was billed to fly to England to have a look at Blackburn's facilities but a volcano eruption in Iceland prevented air traffic in Europe for weeks. That ruined any chance of a move to Blackburn.

The ash trail from Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano's name, hovered over Europe for days, disrupting air travel in over 20 countries.

Speaking about the failed move, Lewandowski told The Times in 2017: "I had the opportunity to join Blackburn, but I wanted to see how Blackburn looked, the training ground, the place I met with Sam Allardyce.

"I think it would have been fine if I had gone to Blackburn, but I would have liked to go and see the training centre, the stadium. I couldn't go because of the cloud. It was the volcano. The volcano with the ash cloud."

Later, the striker was convinced by Jurgen Klopp to join Borussia Dortmund in a €4.75m deal. In his first season he bagged a solid nine goals, starting games mostly on the bench.

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