Robben Pens One-Year-Contract Extension With Bavarians After Rejecting China Move

Arjen Robben has extended his expiring contract ahead of schedule, the German champions confirmed in an official statement on Monday.

After a long back and forth, midfielder Arjen Robben penned a one-year contract extension, which will keep him at Bayern until June 2018.

“Arjen is one of the best professionals in the world. He plays in Munich for almost eight years and has become an important part of the club. We are glad tat he will be wearing Bayern’s jersey for another year,” Bayern’ s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

The 32-year-old midfielder joined from Real Madrid in the summer 2009 to become a key player at Bayern, where he lifted five Bundesliga titles, four German Cups, the UEFA Champions League title 2013/2014 as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.

“I am happy that I will be playing another year at Bayern,” the Dutchman said. “The club is one of the best in the world and Munich has become my second home for me and my family. I would like to continue playing on top level and winning as many titles as possible,” he added.

The 89-time Netherlands international has provided 82 goals and 50 assists in 152 competitive appearances for the “Bavarians”.

“I am having a great time here at Bayern and I am playing at one of the best clubs in the world. I would not know where to move at my age,” Robben told.

“A transfer to China would be something else entirely. That is basically acknowledging your career is over. I want to keep playing at the highest level as long as possible.”

“It is all about a certain madness that is ongoing in China right now. They are offering some crazy figures. I also got some offers. The money on show is so crazy that you at least have to consider it.”

“They are offering maybe four, five or six times the amounts you get at a big club. But money has never driven me. That is why I have had such a great career. It is about football for me.”

“I do not understand players going to China at the age of 27 or 28. Those guys are at the peak of their career. That is a waste really. You only get one career. I sort of understand players who are already in their 30s.”

Bundesliga front-runners Bayern Munich kick off the second-half of the campaign against newly promoted Freiburg on January 20.

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Harshwardhan Sinh Waghela
Harsh is a Psychology graduate from Mumbai’s Jai Hind college, no wonder then he always feels ‘Blue’! Currently he can be found tramping around Delhi with team FootTheBall. Supports Chelsea

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