I Never Wanted To Leave Madrid — Robben
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In 2009, Robben moved to Bayern Munich in a deal reported to be worth around €25 million. According to a report in Goal.com, the former Chelsea midfielder told Fox Sports about how he was hesitant to leave Real Madrid.
“It was a bit of a weird summer with the return of Florentino Perez as president. And then all the new signings arrived,” he said. “Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso all came to Madrid for a huge amount of money.”
“We were told that the club would be able to make some money on me if they sold me. But I initially did not want to leave. I had possibly my best pre-season ever, but I still did not get a chance, so I had to make a decision. There was contact with Bayern, but it was a difficult decision, the most difficult one of my career. Bayern were not among the European elite at that moment – like we are now – and it was a step back for me.”
He cited that he chose to move to Bayern, seeing the effort they put into signing him. The presence of Louis Van Gaal also played a big factor in the decision. Currently in his 8th season with the club and 15 trophies later, Robben insists that now he is now Bayern through and through.