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Arjen Robben rubbishes Man Utd link

Bayern's Arjen Robben of the Netherlands reacts after the final whistle

FC Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has moved to rubbish reports linking him with a summer move to Manchester United — insisting he is happy in Germany.

The Holland international, 30, agreed a contract extension at the Allianz Arena in March, which ties him to the club until the summer of 2017, and appears to be staying put despite contrary speculation suggesting he could move to Old Trafford to play under newly-appointed Dutch manager Louis van Gaal.

Robben previously graced the English Premier League with Chelsea before moving to La Liga side Real Madrid in a deal worth €35 million in August 2007.

After two years in the Spanish capital, Robben joined Bayern for €25 million and — as they say — the rest is history.

The 2010 Footballer of the Year in Germany has won 10 major titles with the Bavarian giants and was named to the UEFA Team of the Year in 2011.

When asked about the rumours linking him with a move to England, Robben said: “Manchester United? That’s not an option. I am staying at Bayern Munich. Period.

“And I cannot imagine that Bayern would want to sell me.

“I have only just renewed my contract and we are happy with each other. It would have been a different story had I been unhappy.

“I would have been open to a move then, because I had a great time under Van Gaal at Bayern. He has been very important for my career. However, fact is that I am very happy at my current club.”

Robben tallied 19 goals and 13 assists in 35 appearances in all competitions for Bayern in 2013/14.

Garry Monk wants more from Emnes

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has warned Middlesborough forward Marvin Emnes he must improve his fitness if he secures a permanent move to the Liberty Stadium this summer.

Emnes, 25, joined Swansea on loan from Middlesborough in January and turned in a number of impressive cameos at the latter stages of the 2013/14 campaign.

Monk would like to secure Emnes on a permanent contract but has admitted the Dutchman must improve in many areas.

“I’ve talked to Marvin about how I feel going forward,” said Monk.

“I like him, but he needs to improve on a lot of things – his fitness for one.

“It is a case of the club speaking to his representative and seeing what happens.

“There’s no definites here and there just yet but we will see in the coming weeks.”

Emnes scored one goal in 139 Premier League minutes (seven appearances) for the Swans last term.

Sun 25 May, 2014
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