Who could prevent an Arjen Robben - Didier Drogba Turkish reunion?

Ribery

An unlikely source but Bayern Munich team-mate Franck Ribery may just put a spanner in the works for a potential Chelsea reunion in Istanbul

Last weekend we brought you the news that Arjen Robben could be on his way to join Didier Drogba at Turkish side Galatasaray.

The Dutch winger is no longer a guaranteed starter in the Bayern Munich side as he continues to struggle with injury problems; as he has for much of his career.

Galatasaray are possibly Europe’s most ambitious club and have recently brought in Drogba and Robben’s international team-mate and former Real Madrid colleague Wesley Sneijder.

Such a presence of old friends will do no harm to any potential move for the 29-year-old who may well be seen as an unwanted nuisance by new Bayern gaffer Pep Guardiola next season.

Therefore Gala taking an interest makes complete sense and with fellow Dutch international Dirk Kuyt currently plying his trade at Fenerbahce he would have yet another friend to catch up with in Istanbul.

Seems a pretty straight-forward and logical deal then; or not?

You see right now Arjen Robben is at Bayern Munich and if he is to listen to some of the advice and tips from one of his team-mates at the club Franck Ribery he may reconsider a Turkish switch.

First of all we must preface the following by admitting that the relationship between Robben and the Frenchman has not always been easy.

Despite their devastating duet on the pitch off of it they have been known to sometimes be quite acrimonious with one another; a famous bust-up back in April 2012 a good example of such division between the two.

However Robben himself admitted that was all in the past last summer:

"Something happened and it wasn't easy. I found it a pity what happened. Up until then our relationship had been really good on and off the pitch. Now everything is once again in order. We're going in the same direction once again and I hope to enjoy playing with him again."

So regardless of their chequered history Robben may well listen to the advice of Ribery.

The Frenchman signed for the Turkish outfit in 2005 from Metz and played half a season at the club. Then, much to the surprise of Gala he announced he would be signing for Marseille after just six months in Turkey.

Ribery had the move verified by FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport when it was confirmed that the Turkish side had failed to pay him his wages. In a more sinister twist it also emerged that Ribery was at one point threatened with a baseball bat by his former agent and a Gala director.

So Ribery may just have a few tales that put Robben off of a Turkish switch; even if much has changed in eight years at Galatasaray.

Do you think Robben should join Drogba and Sneijder?

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