The 29-year-old Dutchman has an impressive CV that boasts well over 100 goals in a career spent at some of the continent’s most elite clubs.
Formerly of PSV, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and now at Bayern Munich, there is no doubt Arjen Robben is one of the most talented players in Europe. However, his attitude, behavioral conduct and discipline make him a controversial figure, to say the least.
After a bright start to his career in Holland with PSV, he made a move to Chelsea in 2004 where he was signed by Jose Mourinho for a reported £12 million. He helped the Blues to win two Premier League titles back to back and the FA Cup the following season in 2007.
However, his tendencies towards ‘simulation’, diva tantrums and a lack of team-spirit brought more than his fair share of critics during Chelsea’s most successful period under Mourinho and when the Portuguese boss departed from Stamford Bridge in 2007 he effectively took Robben with him to Real Madrid for a hefty price of £24 million.
In Spain the script was much the same – Robben won the La Liga in his debut season and the Supercopa de Espana the following term. But, once again, his attitude and indiscipline meant that his position in the Spanish capital became precarious and upon the arrival of the new president of the club, Florentino Perez, he was ousted from the club and sold to Bayern Munich for €25 million.
Since his move to the Bundesliga, he has performed well winning two league titles so far and helping the German giants to the Champions League final this term.
His time in Germany has been undoubtedly his most settled period in his career and, judging by recent performances this term, Jupp Heynckes has gotten the best out of him.
What I have been most impressed with is his teamwork and his improved attitude under Heynckes – previously he has been known as a selfish player, an egotist and a drama queen but recently he seems to have matured.
However, a move to City is ill advised, in my humble opinion – City already have too many big egos on big wages and, frankly, the last thing they need is another big baby rocking the boat.
City have enough troubles as it is, demonstrated aptly by the sacking of Roberto Mancini who, in his 4 years at the Etihad has had to walk a tight-rope trying ardently to man-manage big stars with bad attitudes.
Whilst Arjen Robben might, at first glance, appear to be he kind of quality addition City fans want to see sign this summer, he is exactly the kind of signing the incoming manager should avoid like the plague. Manchester City need Arjen Robben like they need a hole in the head.
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