Bayern Munich play maker Arjen Robben is set to fight for a starting place in the Bayern team this coming season as Carlo Ancelotti takes over.
The player says he is focused on returning to full fitness firstly before discussing anything regarding his contract extension with the club.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid player enters the final year of his deal at the club but refuses to make any comments regarding his future at the club. Robben hasn’t played for the club since his suffering anadductor injury in early March.
The 32-year old Dutch star was initially set to return to play at the Allianz Arena but he was not declared fit till the former tactician Pep Guardiola left the club. He has insisted that only when he returns to full fitness, then will he respond to reports that other clubs are interested in his services, as they feel the player might find it difficult breaking into the first team, as the team has stabilized.
The speculations that Robben and another star player Frank Ribery are likely to leave the club were more pronounced when the club’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who got his stay extended till 2019, said both players would have to be patient before entering talks with the club, even as they enter their final months. Robben has been a key player in the team for seven years now but Kicker has reported that Turkish giant Besiktas are set to lure him to end his career at the club.
Robben said: “I appreciate any interest from other clubs. But right now that does not play a role. I don't give thought to a new contract right now. I want to get fit again, and stay healthy after that.”
Robben played just 15 games in the Bundesliga this past season and was performing below his best. Ancelotti would now be the one to decide.