Clement Lenglet has apologized to Barcelona fans after being photographed laughing with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski shortly after his team’s Champions League exit.

The Frenchman was one of many Barcelona players who underperformed during Wednesday’s 3-0 loss – and throughout their whole European campaign – and his smile with Lewandowski prompted some fans to demand that his contract be terminated immediately.

To make matters worse for Lenglet, young midfielder Gavi was extremely upset after the outcome and was spotted crying as he walked down the tunnel, which was exactly the type of reaction fans expected.

In the midst of a barrage of criticism and vitriol, Lenglet turned to Instagram to clarify that he was obviously dissatisfied with the outcome and was just seen laughing at a Lewandowski remark.

“I want to send a message to all the culé fans,” he wrote.

“First of all, my sadness for yesterday’s result. This club deserves the greatest and we have not been able to provide that.

“Secondly, I want to explain an image of me in which I am smiling with Lewandowski about something that had just happened at that moment. It is a specific reaction that in no way reflects my feeling towards the result.

“My values are unquestionable and anyone who knows me knows my commitment and love for my profession, for Barça, and especially for the fans. I would never react like that towards something that still hurts me today.

“Today, we are very sad but we now have a mission: to get Barça back where it deserves to be.”

Under new boss Xavi, Lenglet has not been a regular starter. He was on the bench for the team’s only two victories under the new manager, against Espanyol and Villarreal, but returned for the 1-0 loss to Real Betis.

Barcelona are not in a haste to move Lenglet, who is under contract until 2026, but Xavi is eager to herald in a new era and is expected to shed a few regular players.

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