Arjen Robben’s Bayern Munich contract expired on Sunday, after a decade with the German club.
Whilst there he won the Bundesliga eight times, the Champions League once, and five German cups. Now he has the chance to sign for whoever he wants, and who will have him, as a free agent, but giving up the game completely hasn’t been ruled out.
The 35 year old has been speaking to France Football for their magazine this week, and one of the questions put to Robben asked him which coach he regrets not having played under.
The first name to come to the Dutchman was the man currently in charge at Anfield: “Maybe Jurgen Klopp, whom I have often faced with Bayern, first against Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and in the final of the Champions League, then against Liverpool this season in the round of 16. He is a special coach who knows how to connect with his players. The results plead in his favour, whether at BVB or with the Reds. Besides, he looks like a good guy.”
On where he goes from here, Robben said: “I do not know yet if I will continue my career. It’s my body that will decide. When I’m at 100% of my possibilities, I can still have world-class matches. I really want to continue playing football at the highest level. I have several offers, I will decide in due time.
“It is not a decision that is done in a snap. You have to know how to weigh the pros and cons and do not rush. Completing my career in a club as huge as Bayern Munich is tempting, especially after an extraordinary decade, but if my body wants it, I feel like playing for another year or two.”
The former Chelsea player didn’t give any hints on who has been sending him offers for next season.
Maybe Klopp can have a think over a possible Liverpool move, bringing Robben off the bench, even at 35, isn’t the worst of options to have.
He played 19 matches last season, scoring six goals and adding two assists. It’s a long shot, but it sounds like he’d potentially be interested.