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Monday 19 March 2018

Robben set for Bayern stay

Arjen Robben has revealed his intention to stay with Bayern Munich. Photo: Reuters
Arjen Robben has revealed his intention to stay with Bayern Munich. Photo: Reuters

Champions League winner Arjen Robben has revealed he plans to stay with Bayern Munich despite reports linking him with a move away.

Robben, who scored the winning goal in the 2-1 defeat of Borussia Dortmund as Bayern won the Champions League at Wembley, has gone from villain to hero with the German champions.

The Dutchman had missed a penalty in the previous Champions League final and Bayern then lost in a penalty shoot-out to Chelsea in their own Allianz Arena.

But Bayern bounced back by winning at Wembley and went on to complete a treble after winning the German championship and DFB-Pokal cup as Robben finally won over the club's supporters.

And he has revealed his plan to stay with the club amid reported interest from Juventus, Inter Milan and Galatasaray.

"I feel comfortable here, I have a contract until 2015. At the moment it is not an issue that I go. There is no reason. My plan is to stay," Robben told German newspaper Bild.

Robben came in for criticism after the defeat to Chelsea but the support of his family and friends, and those Bayern fans who did not blame him, helped him through the bad times.

"I'm getting congratulations everywhere now. On the street, in the restaurant. By all. You realise how much the three titles mean to the people in Munich."

Robben was hurt by the criticism from some fans after the defeat to Chelsea but was able to draw on the support of the majority.

"There were also many who have supported me. But those who have booed me, the fans are not really for me.

"As a real fan you support this club and its players in good times and in bad."

Robben drew most on the support he was given by his family.

"My wife, my parents. We talked a lot. And my three children: if they smile at me, I can forget all of my worries."

Press Association

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