Arjen Robben should not return to the Netherlands and instead stay to finish his career with Bayern Munich, Dutch legend Frank de Boer has said.
Robben, 34, has achieved hero status at Bayern since moving to the Bundesliga champions from Real Madrid in 2009. He has contributed a staggering 93 goals and 62 assists in 182 Bundesliga outings for the Bavarian giants, playing a central role in six German title wins, four DFB Cup triumphs and the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League success.
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He is out of contract in the summer, and Bayern president Uli Hoeness has said a decision on his future will be made “in April or May”, while Robben himself told kicker on Tuesday: “I’m simply focussing now on playing football.”
It has been suggested the former Groningen and PSV Eindhoven man will return to his native country before he retires, but De Boer told BILD that would be a mistake.
Now, De Boer would love the opportunity of following compatriots such as Bert van Marwijk and Peter Bosz into a job in the German top flight.
“I have already had offers from Bundesliga clubs. But my German isn’t good enough yet and to be able to speak is important,” the former Barcelona and Galatasaray player explained. “The Bundesliga is very interesting. I could imagine working in it.”