Holland international winger Arjen Robben has revealed he is close to agreeing a new contract with Bayern Munich.
Since joining Bayern from Real Madrid for a fee of around €25 million in August 2009, Robben has helped Der FCB win eight trophies — Bundesliga (2), DFB-Pokal (2), DFB-Supercup, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.
The 30-year-old ace, whose current deal at the Allianz Arena expires in the summer of 2015, is hoping to ink a two-year contract extension in the near future.
“It will probably be decided after another conversation,” said Robben, as per Sky Sports.
“The intention is there, from both sides, to extend, but there is no problem with salary, which I have read somewhere.
“I’m happy here. As a young professional, you always want to go higher, to go to better clubs. I was very young when I was at Real Madrid and Chelsea, but now I am at the best club in the world, I can’t get any better than Bayern.
“It could be [my last club]. We have a super, super team and the future looks good, there is still time for titles and I want to win a few more.”
Robben — priced at 5/1 to open the scoring when Bayern Munich visit Nurnberg on Saturday — has scored 52 goals in 92 Bundesliga appearances for the Bavarian giants.
Ander Herrera happy at Athletic Bilbao
Manchester United transfer target Ander Herrera has played down reports linking him with a summer move to Old Trafford by insisting he is happy in Bilbao.
The former Spain youth international, 24, was the subject of a big-money bid from Manchester United in the summer transfer window but the offer failed to meet Bilbao’s valuation and/or the player’s release clause and the deal ultimately fell through.
United are expected to make another approach for Herrera after the World Cup finals in Brazil despite landing Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club record fee last month.
“I made it clear at the time,” Herrera told El Confidencial.
“I am grateful to United for their interest and to Athletic for considering me to be more valuable than money.
“Athletic have made it clear that they have no intention of selling.
“We are a solid club with a good economic standing. We are privileged.
“We are stable financially, well respected, have a new stadium and a great team – no Athletic players want to leave.”
In other news, United are also reportedly keeping tabs on FC Schalke 04 No. 10 Julian Draxler, who would cost the Red Devils a fee in excess of €40 million.