Arjen Robben says leaving Real Madrid for Bayern Munich was the best decision of his career, as the veteran forward prepares for the 2018-19 Bundesliga season to get underway.
Speaking to Bayern’s website, the Dutchman was asked if, when he signed for the club in 2009, he expected to enjoy such a long and productive stay in Germany.
“No, I don’t think so – but then again, yes,” he replied.
“I’m always a realist, and I know the world of football is fast-moving. It could have been different. After my debut as a pro for Groningen I was at Eindhoven for two years. It was a big step for me in the Netherlands: to leave home at the age of 18.
“I went abroad when I was 20, three years at Chelsea, a big club. Then two years at Madrid. Then Bayern approached me and I made the decision.
Robben has won the Bundesliga seven times and the Champions League once at Bayern, to go with Eredivisie, Premier League and LaLiga titles earned at PSV, Chelsea and Madrid, as well as the FA Cup and DFB-Pokal.