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Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich at a press conference for the UEFA Champions League Final. Picture: Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty

Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich at a press conference for the UEFA Champions League Final. Picture: Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty

Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich at a press conference for the UEFA Champions League Final. Picture: Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty

ARJEN ROBBEN is desperate to bring an end to his own Champions League hoodoo when Bayern Munich play Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's final at Wembley.

The Dutchman, who is involved in his 11th straight season in the Champions League, has been on the losing side twice in the final in the past three seasons, while he also lost out in a World Cup final for Holland and the final of Germany's DFB-Pokal cup last summer.

The disappointment of losing to Chelsea last May and Inter Milan in 2010 is spurring him and his team-mates on to ensure it is a case of third-time lucky at the weekend.

"Most of us were in the side which lost in 2010 and 2012 and that explains why so many of us are hungry for this title," said Robben (pictured).

"We now want to win this title."

Bayern will go into the final as favourites having stormed to the Bundesliga title in record fashion, leaving Dortmund 25 points in their wake.

They also ended a five-game losing streak to Dortmund by beating them in the German Super Cup and the DFB-Pokal, as well as going unbeaten against Jurgen Klopp's men in the league with two 1-1 draws.

With that in mind, Robben says Bayern must go on to the field aware that they are stronger and without making any alterations to the way they have played all season.

"We're experienced and we know what's coming so we will prepare in a very normal way, as we have always done.

"I have a good feeling. We are going to do it."

Meanwhile, West Ham have confirmed that former England striker Carlton Cole will leave the club this summer.

Cole posted several messages on Twitter yesterday appearing to indicate he had no future at the club and the Hammers confirmed this morning that his contract would not be renewed.

The 29-year-old, who has seven England caps, has scored just twice in 25 appearances this season, and manager Sam Allardyce felt it was best if Cole sought a move.

"Carlton's contract has come to an end and we have decided not to renew that contract," said Allardyce.


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