Despite his astonishing display Bayern Munich might not want to extend Robben’s contract.
The imaginary agenda of Bayern Munich’s management reads itself clearly and precisely: extend the contracts of Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and David Alaba.
Three young guns that have a bright future and are already contributing. As we reported negotiations with defender and 2013 Austrian international David Alaba didn’t work so well, because Boateng and Kroos might be favoured to sign and cash in first.
So where does that leave Arjen Robben?
Right now there are really no reasons to not re-sign former Chelsea stud Arjen Robben. In 28 appearances he was involved in 28 goals. In his last five matches at the starting line-up he recorded an impressive 6 goals, 3 assist display which lead to three man of the match awards.
“Statistically, I've done my best work at FC Bayern. I just feel really good here,” Robben said after his Saturday performance.
Bundesliga.de underlines Robben’s comment with an interesting stat:
“Since swapping Madrid for Munich in the late summer of 2009, Robben has averaged a goal every 125 Bundesliga minutes for the record champions. Only Gerd Muller (one every 105 minutes), Mario Gomez (113 minutes) and Marcio Amoroso (BVB, 124) can boast a more effective return. And given that all three were/are classic out-and-out goalgetters, that makes Robben the most efficient scoring midfielder in the history of FC Bayern – and the Bundesliga.”
Despite his astonishing display Bayern Munich might not manage to extend Robben’s contract. Ironically there is too much against it. Sure Bayern Munich wants to resign him but they might not have the money for a fourth big contract after Boateng, Kroos and Alaba cashed in.
The question might also be: How much of a discount is Robben eager to endure for Munich? Maybe none?
The shadow looming is that Robben has a long history of injuries and he is not getting any younger. Bayern Munich has a long list of young guns, who are ready to step up, but at much lower price.
Today German magazine kicker wrote that Munich’s president Uli Honeß is confident to resign his midfield star saying: He still has one and a half years on his contract, “so I do not understand the fuss.” Hoeneß fells certain: “In due time we will find a solution.” Although, kicker analysed, there is currently a standstill at the negotiating table.
With all due respect to Uli Honeß’s confidence his comments mean nothing. His solution may not include the raise the former Chelsea player is looking for. If the Dutch international gets more money at Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City, which were linked to him earlier this year, why should he stay at Bayern Munich?
Despite having the most expensive squad in Premier League Manchester City have the firepower for a move and might like a reinforcement at their winger and attacking midfield position.