Arjen Robben Comes Out of Retirement to Return to Boyhood Club
Arjen Robben On The Comeback.
After retiring in July 2019 after a decade littered with trophies at German giants Bayern Munich, Dutch legend Arjen Robben is back. The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and 96 times capped Holland winger Arjen Robben, plans to return to football with boyhood club FC Groningen at the age of 36.
In a career that included 30 trophies and earned Robben numerous individual accolades, the Dutchman has expressed his desire to go back to where it all started. Robben made 46 appearances at Groningen after breaking into the first team squad at just 16 in the year 2000, emerging out of the academy.
18 years after leaving his boyhood club, Groningen, Arjen Robben has announced he plans to come out of retirement to play for them again 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TQPXc4gsqL
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 27, 2020
The former Bayern man first left Groningen in 2002, when Dutch giants PSV acquired him for around four million euros. However, he looks set to return for the 2020/21 season in order to help his first club, whose finances have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Groningen were ninth in the Eredivisie when the 2019-20 season was abandoned. The first fixtures of next season are planned to go ahead in mid-September, more than six months after Groningen lost 1-0 away to PSV Eindhoven in their last outing.
— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) June 28, 2020
In an open letter to world football Robben has said “These past few weeks, I’ve had many conversations with club staff and maybe more than anything I have listened to our supporters: ‘Arjen, follow your heart’.
“It will be a tough physical challenge but I’m going for it! I am going to work hard and when everything feels right I will join the team for the first training session of the new season.
“I hope to see everyone as soon as possible. Because my dream is to play in a Groningen jersey. We’re not there yet, but one can dream. I hope to see you soon.”
The Dutchman will undoubtedly add quality to the Eredivisie side, as well as bags of experience to pass on to the young members of the squad.
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