The 36-year-old left the game at the end of last season, enjoying a distinguished career that brought him from boyhood club Groningen to PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern.

Robben could return to professional football

Arjen Robben hinted that he could return to football, but ruled out the possibility of again playing for Bayern Munich. The 36-year-old left the game at the end of last season, enjoying a distinguished career that brought him from boyhood club Groningen to PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern. The Dutch icon trained with the Bavarian giants this week to maintain their fitness level, but he says there is no chance he will play again for the club. “I have to disappoint you. My return to Bayern is one hundred percent impossible,” he told reporters. When asked if he could start playing again, he replied: “You never know. I don’t want to say yes or no now.”

He will always stay in touch with Bayern

“For my family and me, the move to Holland should take place at the end of the month. We will see the rest. In any case, I will always stay in touch with Bayern. I train two to three times a week with the head of fitness, Dr. Holger Broich, and would like to continue to do this. We are engaged in running, sprints, and also working with the ball. I like it, and I want to stay able. I am very grateful to the club for allowing me to do this workout. However, in the last few months, I have always been seen in the Bayern training center. My fitness level is excellent. Staying in condition after retirement is very important for me.

 

I also wanted to run a marathon this year, which, unfortunately, did not work because of the coronavirus crisis. As far as I can judge, I have not gained weight yet, so everything is fine with me.

Arjen’s recommendations for young talents at Bayern

“At the moment, I feel excellent. I also clearly notice that the pressure has dropped with me. There are days when I exercise very intensively in my free time. If it starts to hurt in the body, I give myself a break and only train when I’m free from pain. It is a difference from my playing career. “They asked Robben if he had any advice for 19-year-old compatriot Joshua Zirkzee, who impressed this term for the Bayern first-team, scoring three times in seven appearances in the Bundesliga. “He and all the other talents at Bayern should never be satisfied with themselves,” said Robben. “Joshua should want to improve every day, set a new goal for himself every day, and never get bored.

“It is also important that he reflects on his performance again and again. The fact that he has always been in the lineup recently shows that Hansi Flick is pleased with his development, but it will be crucial that he plays regularly. I wish Joshua all the best better for the future.”